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What does the Bible say about removing statues?

There’s no easy solution to the statues controversy swirling around our culture. A recent poll found that 45 percent of Americans see statues of Confederate war heroes as symbols of Southern pride, while 36 percent view them as symbols of racism. Forty-five percent believe they should not be removed from public property, while 38 percent feel they should […]

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Re-engaging the church during the coronavirus pandemic: Approaches and priorities

“Whatever tomorrow will bring, God knows. And we have the assurance that Jesus’ presence, provision, and power will be real to each one of us, and it will be as miraculous as the stories we read in the Gospel.” —Br. Curtis Almquist, Society of St. John the Evangelist Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced this afternoon […]

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The coronavirus pandemic and America’s spiritual renewal

World War II ended seventy-five years ago. In the midst of this horrible conflict, a spiritual war was being waged as well.  The Wall Street Journal recently noted that, after World War II, “Americans, chastened by the horrors of war, turned to faith in search of truth and meaning. In the late 1940s, Gallup surveys […]

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Where is God when pandemics strike? A biblical and practical response

Pandemics have killed more than three hundred million people across human history. From the Antonine plague (AD 165) to the current HIV/AIDS pandemic, such outbreaks have been part of life on this planet. Now a new disease is sweeping the globe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus is known as severe acute […]