Entries by Wayne Fowler

Mere Virus

During this coronavirus season, two basic human desires emerge.  We do not want to be alone and we do not want to die. The retired Army colonel and infectious disease expert Dr. Deborah Birx tells us that these two concerns are working against each other.  If we isolate ourselves, we have less chance of infection […]

Wait for It

The Resurrection account is trustworthy in part because it reveals Jesus’ disciples acting very humanly as they waited to understand what it all meant. They argued about who would sit by Him when He began his rule. They couldn’t grasp where or why He was going “to prepare a place.” During His trial, they deserted […]

Who’s to Blame?

Amidst all the scientific inquiry into the coronavirus, we now know who to blame for the pandemic. Evangelical Christians, per the New York Times. I wonder if the NYT is aware that China, Iran, and Italy do not have large evangelical populations, yet they led the world in COVID-19 cases. That opinion piece mentions the […]

Home Alone

Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. Avoid restaurants except for pickup options.  Avoid discretionary travel.  So says the President’s coronavirus guidelines. Most churches complied, and pushed some of the faithful out of their comfort zones. Whether your church attendance is a lifestyle that you enjoy or a duty according to your religion, the […]

Viral Response

The headlines are dire. “Coronavirus outbreak.” “Dow drops triggering another trading pause.” “Travel ban.” “Medical supply shortage.” “State of Emergency.” While the world’s leaders and medical experts mount a defense to this growing plague, believers can turn to eternal truths we hold in our hands. Here are a few meditations from Paul’s letter to the […]

Forgotten Wisdom

“We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become […]

Timeless Meaning

You cannot step into the same river twice – Heraclitus (500 BCE). Why is that? Because the river is different, and so are you. At no point in the future will both you and the river be the same. You might imagine you stay the same, but then you remember what you wrote, said, or […]

Crisis of Contempt

Dr. Arthur Brooks spoke at the 2020 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. His message was not well received by some, but it is a message we need to hear. America is facing a crisis. Scorched earth politics, demands to “fundamentally change” our country, and violence against political opponents are symptoms.  Dr. Brooks, a Harvard […]

Why Me Lord?

Kris Kristofferson had reason to ask such a profound question. Packed into it is the sense that he found a treasure that rightfully belongs to someone else. He came from a military family and became an Army officer himself, a helicopter pilot. In 1965 after achieving the rank of captain, he turned down an instructor […]

No Longer I

The new elastic case came from Amazon.  Dreading the tedium of setting up the new phone, I figured at least slipping on the case would feel like progress.  I removed it from the package and began to stretch it over the phone.  I failed.  I rededicated myself to trying harder.  For a moment I thought […]