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Now is the time
In the midst of this prolonged, pandemic-induced pause, we have had to stop almost everything. And now the challenge is to avoid being a “SnapBack” church—one that simply goes back to what we “used to do.” There is an opportunity before us to recalibrate our ministry and carry forward those things we have learned during these challenging two years. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.
Sweet hour of prayer
The old saying goes that if you see a turtle on a fence post, it obviously did not get up there on its own. And so it goes for each of us. We are not meant to do life on our own. We need each other to lean on for encouragement, motivation, and inspiration to continue the work God has planned for us. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.
The danger of factions
What would Jesus think about intentionally gathering with others for the purpose of splitting up the unity of God’s church? Is there good to be had from intentionally fostering division and difference instead of intentionally working together to foster a spirit of common bond in Christ? For some, our differences in theology are such that we choose to seek a different denomination or start our own. But for most, I think we’re more alike than different. By Jessica Brodie.
Clear the way
In the midst of our fast food, drive-through, one-day Amazon delivery world, we recognize patience is hard. We know God’s desire for us is to pause our self-imposed time limits, to stop the urge to do life by ourselves and to linger a little longer in God’s presence. But, it seems we are in an unrelenting, unwavering, unyielding storm that won’t end. A column by Bishop Jonathan Holston.
The days are surely coming
The word “Advent” means “coming” or the arrival of something important. As a people of faith, we join the voices of Ancient Israel in the clarion cry for God to save us, to restore justice and to build right relationships. We join their voices in a call for the fulfillment of God’s promises. By Bishop Jonathan Holston.