Not a time for silence

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. This virus has been killing our country since it's very beginning. This virus is racism.
Tags:  Racism, Unity, Vawter

The platinum rule

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. Even Jesus taught the Golden Rule. But He also calls us to an even higher standard - let's call it the Platinum Rule. Here it is: whatever God has done for you, you should go and do for others. Now ... what would that look like at work?
Tags:  Generosity, Campbell, Platinum, Golden, Kindness, Mercy

The call to sacrificial generosity

If we're honest, most (or all?) of our giving is out of our abundance. The time or money we give takes something from us, but it doesn't leave a mark. In other words, we carry on and a day later don't have any residual impact of the gift we previously made. But what if generosity looked different? Could it be that giving in a way that really costs us something is not painful but rather joyful?
Tags:  Generosity, Theology of Work

The spread of generosity

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. This provides simple, straight-forward evidence that we’re not the products of some mindless, random, evolutionary process. Rather than taking a survival-of-the-fittest attitude, many of us rally together and find ways to help one another.
Tags:  COVID-19, Generosity, Tamasy

Opportunity in the disruption

How are you using your time these days? 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. But what if an intentional 1-hour Zoom meeting each week could completely change someone’s life – their business, their family, their own sense of purpose. If you had the opportunity to be a part of that, would you? The option is real, and it’s yours to take.
Tags:  Discipleship, Adaptability, Mentoring, Kibbey

The adaptive challenge

The biggest challenge for Christians today may be figuring out how to adapt to a changing society. 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.
Tags:  Adaptability, Evangelism, Culture

Silver linings

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. But out of any crisis, important lessons can be learned. And most of the time, good emerges out of bad, pulling silver linings out of dark clouds that hover over us.
Tags:  COVID-19, Crisis, Hope, Promise, Lessons

Celebrating an Easter like no other

This year, despite the hopeful optimism of some of our government leaders, it’s likely the doors of most churches will be closed, with congregants having to settle for online Easter observances. For many followers of Jesus, Easter without physically attending a worship service is almost unimaginable. How can we worship without doing so in “the house of God”?
Tags:  Easter, Tamasy, Worship, COVID-19

Flourishing in troubling times

We live in troubling times, from corona viruses to computer viruses, financial uncertainty to political instability, from physical war to cyber war. On top of that, we also face relational, spiritual, and physical struggles in the course of life. Still, the Bible gives us hope that not only can we survive, but flourish, grow, multiply, and bear fruit. And it's all possible because of one great promise: "I have overcome the world!"
Tags:  Briscoe, Compass, Trouble, Flourish, Hardship, Struggle

Dealing with a pandemic of fear and loneliness

There's a lot of unknown for us right now, at work and at home. Fear of the unknown, fear of losing control, fear of losing everything, fear of homeschooling my kids. And loneliness … if this lasts for the long haul, will I be forgotten by those outside my house? Will this isolation create tension with those inside my house, in my relationships with my wife and my kids? Here are a few practical things that might help us fight our loneliness.
Tags:  Fear, Loneliness, COVID-19, Radical Mentoring, Harris