Palm Sunday in the time of coronavirus

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the
human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to
take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross,
giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant
that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share
in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Palm Sunday - New Birth Missionary Baptist Church-Lithonia, GA

Challenges for ethnic churches and asking what is ahead in the time of coronavirus

A few black pastors I’ve talked to highlight a tough issue. While predominately white churches can somewhat easily ramp up an online presence, and others have easily had an online presence for years, traditionally ethnic churches have struggled.

New churches among ethnic church plants are also struggling.

We also need to think through what is next… now. This is a 9/11 level disruption. We need to keep working as the people of God for what is ahead. HINT: It’s not about “delivering a better online product.” Friends, let us not be Amazon.

But as well, here are some thoughts for the changes possibly ahead for us in general.

Coronavirus: who needs to get tested?

The loss of heroes in the time of coronavirus

The past few weeks have been witness to the loss of some giants of the faith in my life. We lost another one recently. I don’t know exactly when, but I just heard yesterday that one of my true heroes, Dwight Palmquist, passed away from brain cancer. He died in the Philippines, the country he loved.

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When there are no answers… living in mystery in the time of coronavirus

N T Wright brings such thoughtfulness to his writing and this piece is a must read in our time. We think that surely our faith brings answers to big questions like these. Wright’s contention is this: Christianity isn’t supposed to do that.

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