The Illusion of “The Present Moment”

By Ronald A. Wells This essay is a reflection on what some have called “the sacrament of the present moment.” It is in two parts, from experiences a decade apart. It is written by a historian, not a theologi... Read More...

Virtual Church: Opportunity or Mirage?

By John Mason Lock Since the pandemic began, I've heard many clergy celebrate the extension of the church’s ministry through virtual worship. The refrain I hear again and again goes something like this: “We ... Read More...

COVID Taught Me How to Get Married

By Ben Christenson For the wisdom of the world is foolishness in God’s sight. —1 Corinthians 3:19 I got married last year at 22. In retrospect, I see that my approach to our pre-COVID wedding was something along the lines of, “My wedding is a chance to see ... Read More...

Priestly Sacrifice

By Mark Michael You’ve probably seen “your pastor before and after coronavirus” memes on your Facebook feed. Over the course of a year, wrinkles sprout and wild hair proliferates, or cuddly Grogu morphs into... Read More...

A Book for Our Time

Michael Mayne’s A Year Lost and Found By Ronald A. Wells About six months into the COVID-19 quarantine, a friend from another part of the country called to ask how I was getting on. I mentioned that a silver lining was the chance to do a lot of reading. So... Read More...

We Will Remember Them

By Rosemary Kew In the small English town of Oundle, where my mother spent 35 of her last years, daffodils were planted in 1919 in memory of the men who never came home after the Great War. Those daffodils h... Read More...

A Time of Trial: What Then Shall We Do?

By Philip Turner This is the third and final essay in a series on the challenges facing the churches in the midst of the pandemic and the wake of the 2020 Presidential Election. In the first I suggested that... Read More...