Rescue Missions Pursue a New Normal

September 13, 2021 ...

For many ministry organizations, dealing with the new normal COVID left behind is proving to be every bit as difficult as coming to terms with its initial arrival and vexing ramifications. How do we bring congregations back together for face-to-face fellowship now that we’ve shown they can have a great church experience in their easy …

Vaccination Clinics Open Doors for Connection and Service

September 10, 2021 ...

Located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, First Baptist Church partnered with the University of Maryland Capitol Region Health Center and an army of volunteers to provide vaccinations. Over 1,000 volunteers signed up to facilitate the clinic, cycling through three daily shifts. First Baptist’s vaccine clinic is one of many hosted by churches around the country. …

COVID Vaccines Resource Hub

March 24, 2021 ...

A Christian Perspective on the COVID Vaccines COVID vaccines have not only brought a sense of hope, but also many questions. Is it truly safe after such a quick timetable for development? Will it actually be effective and for how long? Are there ethical issues involved in the creation of the vaccines that Christians should …

Will Evangelical Leaders Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

February 26, 2021 ...

Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), said, “While some have concerns about the newness of the vaccine, possible side effects or efficacy, a careful look at the science behind the vaccines is convincing and the Christian ethic to love is compelling.” Kim recently hosted a podcast conversation with Dr. Francis Collins, director …

Fight Conspiracy Theories and Welcome the Vaccines

February 24, 2021 ...

Both of us in recent weeks have hosted webinars with our friend and fellow Christian Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, answering every possible question we could imagine regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. We did so because we know that, according to surveys, roughly a quarter of the public …

Complicated for Us, Not for God

February 9, 2021 ...

But God specializes in the complicated. The gospel thrives in the complicated. A common hubris of modernity is assuming that we live in unprecedented times. We must remember that the Church was birthed amidst multiple complexities. Through conquests and consolidation, the Roman empire precipitated the greatest mass migration of people that the world had known. …

On Christian College Survival

February 9, 2021 ...

How do churches and the broader culture benefit from having leaders and members who have received a Christ-centered college education? Christian higher education produces committed, compassionate, convicted citizens who want to engage deeply in this world, not in spite of their faith but because of their faith. Christian colleges and universities focus on developing resilient …

Where Do We Go From Here?

February 3, 2021 ...

On the first Easter day, Mary Magdalene was weeping in the garden outside Jesus’ empty tomb (John 20:1–18). To her astonishment, Jesus met her, spoke to her and gave her a commission. She was to go and tell the disciples, who were in hiding, that he was alive and that he was now to be …

Leaving the Building to Reap a Harvest

January 29, 2021 ...

As much as any time in history, I believe the Church today must be marked by unity and — as was said about the tribe of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32 — an understanding of the times and the knowledge of what to do next. So, what are we to do? 1. Start a New …

A Pandemic Impact on the Church

January 27, 2021 ...

Guides for the Course Over the last few months, all of us sought understanding and answers on how to navigate the new normal. I gained significant help from three sources. First, Scripture. I have most often reflected on Philippians 1:12–14. Paul, writing from jail, addressed the church’s concerns about the effects of his “stay at …