Bracing to Face COVID-19 Wilderness – Again

Bracing to Face COVID-19 Wilderness – Again

Wilderness, again. This was the response of a pastor friend of mine this past February when we entered our second COVID-Lent. It was a sentiment shared by many pastors. Of course, it was during Lent of 2020 that the world shut down. At that time, the lectionary texts...
Top Fall 2020 Sermon Topics: Election, Pandemic, Racism

Top Fall 2020 Sermon Topics: Election, Pandemic, Racism

Most U.S. churchgoers heard sermons in the fall of 2020 that mentioned the pandemic, the election and/or racism, according to a Pew Research Center report published July 8. Pew analyzed sermons published online between Aug. 31 and Nov. 8, 2020, finding that 83% of all...
How Our Church Will Change After COVID-19

How Our Church Will Change After COVID-19

The abstract expressionist painter, Willem de Kooning, said, “I have to change to stay the same.” That could be said about our bodies, which undergo an ongoing cellular renewal process, or it could be said of our church bodies, which should be undergoing an ongoing...
Pandemic Compelled Churches to Boost Technology

Pandemic Compelled Churches to Boost Technology

To say that this past year and a half has been a challenge is an understatement. As a parent, I watched as our middle son faced the challenge and disappointment of having to relocate back home from Boston after the much-anticipated experience of doing his master’s...