Not a time for silence

By Brent Vawter

We are in a battle with a virus. This virus is tearing apart our social fabric as it continues its death march through every community in our nation. 

I'm talking about racism.

I realize that comparing racism to a virus like COVID-19 isn’t a perfect analogy, but here’s why I’m using it anyway, given all that we've learned about viruses this year:

The platinum rule

By Regi Campbell

Everyone knows the golden rule. Here’s how contributors to Wikipedia explain it …


“The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated. It is a maxim that is found in many religions and cultures.”


Jesus taught the Golden Rule in Matthew 7:12 ...


“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”


The spread of generosity

By Robert J. Tamasy

We see it over and over – a major crisis arises, and almost immediately the very best of humanity begins to emerge. We’ve observed this following natural disasters, such as floods, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes. People and organizations mobilizing almost immediately to offer assistance in various forms. And we’ve been seeing it manifested as well in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Opportunity in the disruption

By Eldon Kibbey

How are you using your time these days?


I get a variety of answers to that question. Some are busier than before the pandemic, and others are bored with a lot of extra time to kill. Some have added disciplines, others have dropped all semblance of discipline.


The adaptive challenge

By Jack Shitama

The biggest challenge for Christians today may be figuring out how to adapt to a changing society. Some will say, “The gospel is the same now and as it always was.” Yes…but Paul also said, “I will be all things to all people so that I can save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22)


Adapting to changing circumstances is not giving up your principles. It’s not selling out. It’s acknowledging that the situation has changed and so must our approach.


Silver linings

By Robert J. Tamasy

With news about the coronavirus breaking so rapidly, it’s hard to anticipate what the latest “scoop” will be. I recall the late Gilda Radner’s “Saturday Night Live” character, Roseanne Roseannadanna, who used to say, “It’s always something!” Bad news seems to beget bad news.


Flourishing in troubling times

By Peter J. Briscoe

In his book Flourishing in Troubling Times, author Bruce Witt strives to help followers of Jesus to do well in difficult times in their lives, and strikes a good balance between the importance of being and doing. Being is inwardly focused and concerns our thinking, attitudes and motivations. Doing concerns taking action. If we want to flourish in troubling times, we need to make sure that our actions flow from a right frame of mind.