I anticipate the identical is true for a lot of of you, that you simply’re discovering the restrictions tightening day-by-day. As of tomorrow, all non-essential companies in Ontario should shut and, whereas we aren’t formally below lockdown, we’re anticipated to now keep house for 2 weeks.
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(Yesterday on the weblog: How the World Worshipped on One of many Most Uncommon Sundays in Church Historical past)
Tony Payne displays on the gathered-yet-not-gathered nature of on-line providers. “Aside from theological points, after we attempt to specific what precisely is lacking in a digital church or small group, it may be onerous to place into phrases. We’d nonetheless share the phrase collectively and pray collectively; even sing (awkwardly) collectively. However there’s a energy in bodily presence and bodily gathering that we will’t change—of experiencing different individuals as embodied individuals (for that’s what we’re); of seeing them, and listening to them, and talking nose to nose; of being one in all a number of voices raised collectively in confession or prayer or music. Of being collectively.”
Rebecca McLaughlin wrote the article I had deliberate to put in writing (and should still write) about how church buildings being aside throughout this time won’t trigger individuals to show completely to on-line church however as an alternative see what an inadequate substitute it’s.
Leonardo De Chirico, a scholar of Roman Catholicism, reveals how the Roman Catholic response to the COVID-19 disaster, led by pope Francis, depends on rosary, indulgences, and humanism. “Under pressure, the true and deep commitments of the heart are exposed. When facing hardships, we reveal what is really important for us. In these weeks of the Coronavirus emergency, the message that Roman Catholicism is giving is a disarming detachment from the basic principles of the biblical faith. This should come as no surprise.”
Lutheran Satire is again with a weird but informative rap battle between Martin Luther and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Sure, you learn that proper. Lutheran Satire does, in spite of everything, educate the religion by making enjoyable of stuff.
“My wife turned to me and commented, ‘Mother Earth is commended for communicating with us, but if you were to say that God is communicating those same things, all he would get is fist-shaking and blame.’ Fine for Mother Earth to have a voice, but not so much for the Father of Creation.”
Kimberly Cornelius reminds us of God’s final aim in all our circumstances. “My plans seem so important, but in the last week I’ve seen how flexible, transient, and ultimately how inconsequential they really are. My plans are changing, but God’s plans for me to be like Jesus have not changed. He is using all these circumstances to keep changing me into the image of His Son, even though I have been completely missing out on that because I’ve been so focused on everything else going on.”
True Girl continues their “Ask an Older Woman” sequence with an essential query: How did you overcome the temptation to continuously evaluate your life, ministry, and household to others?
By naming grumpiness as sin—the sin of unrighteous anger, or the sin of irritability, or the sin of impatience—you might have allowed your self no excuse and have put your self ready to take care of it correctly.
In case you get up tomorrow morning nonetheless trusting in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, it’s as a result of God has given you the reward of ongoing religion in Jesus. —Geoff Robson