Listening with Jesus in a Pluralistic Society

Written by Anne Alexander, Doctor of Intercultural Studies What do you think about the present culture? Complex question? Of course. There are so many moving parts in today’s culture that Jesus-followers can be cowed into silence, fearing they might offend someone. This is NOT a course on how to avoid offending people by soft-peddling truths…

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Physical Touch and a Hopeful Future – Jubilate!

Written by Dr. Peter Spychalla, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Spiritual Formation Jubilate! Shout for joy! I pen these words early Lord’s Day morning — windows fully open, morning air cool and fresh, sun rising, sky azure, trees pushing out their leaves in hope, and birds chittering busily. It is Eastertide, that festal season…

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What to Do Now

Written by Margaret Schrock, Alum, Master of Arts in Religion, 2017 Saturday, April 25, 2020 Early March, rumblings announced the coming storm. Soon COVID-19 unleashed rapid changes as it assaulted central Illinois – warnings, closings, and finally stay at home orders. Suddenly I faced something I’d never faced before. Frankly, something I never thought I’d…

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Creation, Covid-19, Natural Evil, and Hope

Written by Dr. Todd Daly, Associate Professor of Theology & Ethics Sunday, April 19, 2020 Father Paneloux grasped the wooden pulpit with both hands before delivering his opening blow: “Calamity has come on you, my brethren, and, my brethren, you deserved it.” His words were met with a flutter of aghast and murmurs throughout the…

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Finding a Place to Shelter: Father, Shelter Us!

Written by Dr. Ken Cuffey, President and Professor of Biblical Studies Monday, April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020—who would have predicted even a few months ago that life and society would look anything like they do—lock downs, spreading virus, mortality, social distancing, church services and work meetings all on Zoom? We watch the pandemic spread…

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The Earth is Still

Written by Jonathan King, Director of Outreach Saturday, March 21, 2020 While walking the streets of Champaign this morning, I stopped to listen. Stillness. I thought about how this unprecedented stillness isn’t just here in our quaint university town in east central Illinois, but everywhere. Yes, everywhere. Okay, not every city, state, region or nation…

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