Letter From a Quarantined Home: Expressing Disappointment with Some of My White Brothers and Sisters in Christ

A call to fight for justice when injustice is all around us. While lying here in my confined home, I came across your current statements suggesting that our present actions are impatient and unwise, encouraging us to “let the legal system run its course.” Having heard these words before, I rarely take time to deconstruct the misdirected nature of the comments of others. This is especially true of those uninvolved or disconnected from the reality of men and women of color’s... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Coronavirus Limits on Church Services

California restricting churches to 25% capacity or less than 100 worshipers “appear consistent” with First Amendment, wrote Chief Justice John Roberts. A divided US Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four... Read More

Leaning into Grief

We acknowledge that the meaning of our deepest experiences is often hidden from our eyes. John 11 is one of the more emotional windows into the ministry of Jesus. In this chapter, Jesus confront grief, and in the process, teaches us valuable lessons. Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, send word to Jesus that Lazarus, the one Jesus loves, is sick. This was not an explicit invitation or a request for immediate intervention. However, the assumption is that once Jesus heard, he would... Read More

The Revolution Will Not Be Videoed

What Paul and Silas might have said about George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and and and … For many of us, anger, sadness, frustration, and fatigue are not episodic responses but chronic conditions. In recent days we’ve all seen, heard, and read of the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery, the shooting of Breonna Taylor, the use of the police by a white woman to threaten Christian Cooper, Minneapolis police officers executing George Floyd, and of the fact that COVID-19... Read More

An Appeal Letter to Governor Pritzker from Illinois Faith Leaders and Churches

Governors care about the people; so do church leaders. We need to work together. May 27, 2020 Dear Governor Pritzker, On behalf of clergy and religious congregations across the State of Illinois, we the undersigned wish to express our deep gratitude for your thoughtful and energetic leadership during the crisis in which our State is currently immersed. The need for your strong leadership is unusually apparent to us, as our congregations have been greatly impacted by this crisis. Some of us... Read More

An Appeal Letter to Governor Pritzker from Illinois Faith Leaders for Better Communication and Collaboration with Churches

Governors care about the people; so do church leaders. We need to work together. May 27, 2020 Dear Governor Pritzker, On behalf of clergy and religious congregations across the State of Illinois, we the undersigned wish to express our deep gratitude for your thoughtful and energetic leadership during the crisis in which our State is currently immersed. The need for your strong leadership is unusually apparent to us, as our congregations have been greatly impacted by this crisis. Some of us... Read More

Vulnerable Gulf Migrants Offered ‘God’s Karuna’ in Bible Society Outreach

In prayer, aid, and employment, Christian ministries struggle to adapt to the new coronavirus norms. There is no social distancing in a labor camp. Living in cramped conditions, sometimes 10 to a room, migrant workers in the Gulf are widely considered among the international communities most vulnerable to the new coronavirus. Seeking a share of the region’s petrodollars as remittances for their poor families and communities back home, migrant laborers far outnumber the Middle Eastern... Read More

When Pastors and Pews Disagree on Churches Reopening

Pastoral submission amid a pandemic: Who should Christians heed when following Romans 13 and Hebrews 13 seems to conflict? As churches around the country begin to cautiously reopen, many parishioners may feel caught between their government’s advice and their pastor’s. As parishioners decide whether to return to reopened churches or are frustrated with a lack of movement to reopen, how should they respond? What do we do when we disagree? CT asked a variety of Christian leaders to... Read More

Understanding, Engaging, and Deploying the Generations, Part 2: The Baby Boomers

The Boomers came in the early stages of a technological and innovation revolution, which also influenced the church. Several things happened in the year 2000. We made it to January 1 without the fears of the Y2K bug being realized. The Millennial generation was filling up college campuses. And Tom Brokaw published a book called The Greatest Generation. He described the Builder generation who fought World War II, survived the Great Depression, and sacrificed greatly to build America. You... Read More

Understanding, Engaging, and Deploying the Generations Present in Your Church, Part 2: Five B’s of the Baby Boomers

The Boomers came in the early stages of a technological and innovation revolution, which also influenced the church. Several things happened in the year 2000. We made it to January 1 without the fears of the Y2K bug being realized. The Millennial generation was filling up college campuses. And Tom Brokaw published a book called The Greatest Generation. He described the Builder generation who fought World War II, survived the Great Depression, and sacrificed greatly to build America. You... Read More