The way of peace is rooted in the life and witness of Jesus. It relates to how we raise our children, resolve church conflicts, conduct business, and deal with labor relations—it’s about all of life. Yes, it’s also about saying no to war but it doesn’t start there.
The social and financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic shine a bright spotlight on faithful stewardship and how we handle financial matters. We recognize ourselves as among the privileged in our world. This poses us with the challenge and the joy of living into God’s abundance and to use what we have to serve others as we are able.
Pentecost is about God reversing our human penchant toward empire and imposed uniformity. It’s the creation of one, diverse, Spirit-filled people through the creative outpouring of the Spirit. As our country is new gripped by racial turmoil caused by centuries of oppression, our churches need to be part of the solution and not only part of the problem.
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The griefs and losses of people, in this time of coronavirus, are repeated and refracted around the globe. How do we respond by bringing the lens of faith to our hurting world?
Jesus’ words “Peace be with you” that he shared with his frightened disciples after his death and resurrection can be instructive. Like Jesus, we have been commissioned to share the practice and message of peace and reconciliation.
Matthew 28: 1-10
By God’s grace, we’ll also see our way through this, learn some valuable lessons, and be stronger for it.