Posts from April 2020

Posts from April 2020

April 29,2020

Dear Friends, I need four minutes from you. Here in Arkansas, we’re about to take the first steps toward reopening our state.  This week, the Governor announced that campgrounds in state parks will reopen for self-contained RV units for Arkansas travelers only this Friday.  Cabins and lodges will open up in two weeks.  Today, the Governor announced that restaurants can open their dining rooms in a limited fashion a week from next Monday. And later this week, we expect to hear recommendations for hair…

April 22, 2020

Dear Friends, Anyone else having a hard time trying to figure out what’s coming next? Last week, the Governor of New York declared “the worst is over” when it comes to the coronavirus. This week, the Director General of the World Health Organization said “the worst is yet ahead of us.” The Governor of Georgia will this week lift restrictions in his state to attempt to begin restarting the economy.  Meanwhile, the Governor of Michigan has tightened things down in…

April 15, 2020

Dear Friends, More than thirty years ago, back before there was YouTube or Mp3 files or TED Talks or Master Classes on line, I plowed my way through a series of 39 lectures on church history.  Those lectures were a game changer in my life. Much of my theological education came via cassette tapes.  They looked like this.   My car was littered with cassette tapes.  I had travel cases full of them.  They included albums I had recorded so I could listen…

April 8, 2020

Dear Friends, While everyone around us has their eyes fixed on the COVID19 pandemic, how can we fix our eyes on Jesus?  What does that look like? Let me tell you what it looked like for Mike Morledge this week.  Mike and a neighbor got together and invited the families on their street to gather for a socially distanced prayer time.  They invited the 13 families on their street to join them.  Folks from 12 of the 13 homes showed up. What did they…

April 1, 2020

Dear Friends, I read this tweet yesterday morning and it stopped me in my tracks. I think Sarah is right.  I think we are in for a hard few weeks.  Maybe a hard few months.  Or longer. Mary Ann was listening to one pundit on a podcast this morning.  His forecast was a dim one.  He thinks we will be well into 2021 before we “get back to normal.” I told her that the person she was listening to is a smart man. …