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March 16, 2020

When normal isn’t normal anymore | Processing Coronavirus impacts by faith | Scott James on Where is Wisdom?

Philippians 2 seems a good place to start today. 

1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…

As human beings, given the way we think about life and its limits, we continually evaluate our environment for threats. We ask, how serious is this threat? How big is this problem? And its not just a personal question, we’re assessing our environments, institutions, neighbors — everyone and everything we come into contact with, asking: is this person or place or experience a threat to me or is our interaction a potential threat to others? And then we ask a follow up: Is my being here or engaging in this worth the risk? We then ask, “what does NOT doing it cost me?”  Our minds are RACING through these threat assessments right now at a million miles an hour. Whether we admit it or not, we’re ALL experiencing stress. We need to talk about it and we need to develop and implement strategies for coping with it. 

  • personal, family and community practices…
  • prayer, down time, time outside, exercise, rest, nutrition, talking, journaling…
  • trusting God to be God and doing our part to protect ourselves, our families and the most vulnerable 

Carmen has two conversations in this hour with friends and colleagues who can help. With Dr. Peter Kapsner she talks about how we can adapt to worship at home now that churches are closed and how literally everyone is now affected in some way. Then Carmen talks with Dr. Scott James – who is a dad and church elder and a pediatrician. They talk about how he’s talking about things with his kids, processing things with his church and his new book, Where is Wisdom.




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