Hello friends, I pray everyone is staying home and staying healthy. This pandemic is nothing like we have ever seen before. Even for me, who is a homebody and am home 75% of my week, this feels weird. I want to go to church and worship with my church family. I want to see my friends and give them a hug. But for now, we will have to do this virtually, through Zoom, Skype, or Facetime. How about just calling a friend or family member to check in and see how they are doing, to hear their voice, and really notice what they are feeling. It is an unprecedented time, and since we have that time to spend with our closest family members, make sure you tell them you love them, and call those you cannot be with.
I am going to be slightly repetitive and give you another podcast from Jennie Allen. I thought this episode was relevant to what is currently on many Christians minds. Jennie speaks with Andy Crouch, who is a partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship.
Jennie and Andy talk about how things have changed for most people, what are we anxious about and what we can do to alleviate that. Should we be strategic and if so how? How is this going to affect the church and is there an upside to it? And yes, it is ok to grieve what we have lost but also look to the future to see where we can help others and spread the Kingdom.
Jennie is also hosting IF:TV, which is basically a visual of the podcast with additional teachings by Jennie. The podcast is 30 minutes long and the IF:TV session is 50 minutes long. I will include both links below.
The second item I felt compelled to include here is something I came across this week and it made me smile and cry. John Krasinski, the guy from The Office TV show and now from Amazon’s show Jack Ryan, has started putting together a Youtube show called Some Good News or SGN. The stories are heartwarming and I think we can all use a little good news amongst all of the gloom and doom that is on our feeds 24/7. Enjoy and remember to keep thinking on the good things that we have now. As Paul writes in Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Let us see the beauty, the grace, and wonderful things God gives us each day, no matter how hard the day is, there is always something good to be grateful for. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Jennie Allen’s Made for This Podcast with Andy Crouch
Jennie Allen’s IF:TV show Made for This with Andy Crouch
John Krasinski’s Some Good News