Pastoral Guidelines and Reflection, Updated October 7, 2021 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge around the world, the deadly virus which started in 2020 keeps infecting and killing millions of people. When the COVID-19 vaccines came out in 2021, Christian responses were diverse. Some are against the vaccines, others favor the vaccines, and there are those who are somewhere in between. The various justifications for these views range from ethical, medical, political, to theological reasons. On one side of the debate are pro-COVID vaccine Christians. Many believers see the COVID-19 vaccines as a blessing from God amidst this global pandemic crisis. Because science is a God-given enterprise that seeks to understand the order and complexity of God’s creation, Christians […]
The Lord prefers to see men come to repentance rather than perish. And in the same way that God wanted Jonah to share His concern for the people of Nineveh, God also wants us to share His concern for the people around us. Will you be like Jonah?
When a person truly repents, the Lord will — based on His faithfulness and justice — relent and forgive. But what does it mean to truly repent? Let us learn from Jonah, the king, and the people of Nineveh.
Where we pray matters far less than how we pray. Let us seek God in humility and come to Him with a repentant heart.