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Coping With Covid-19 By Dr Mike Peterson

Dr. Peterson is back to give us information on the issues, coping skills, and tips to feel better during this period of "social distancing". Michael Peterson is a member of the Board of Directors of Plain Truth Ministries. Read his previous article: Will It Hurt Less If I Can Control It?

Q&R with Brad Jersak: What happened to souls before Christ conquered death?

Question "What was happening to all those (During their incarceration) who died prior to Christ’s descent and deliverance of the so-called captives?" Response That's quite easy to answer! I don't know. It really is a mystery.  But I suppose we can say a little bit in ignorance. I think we can say a little bit why it's a mystery: One reason: Nobody who experienced it directly and came back ever described it. (Namely, Jesus and the people he raised from the dead). Modern descriptions from near-death experiences are so completely personal that I would regard them as saying very little about the nature ...

Back to Normal? by Monte Wolverton

As the coronavirus was just peeking over the horizon, my wife Kaye began to experience disorientation every time she awakened from sleep or a nap. Beyond that, she became weaker and unable to care for herself. After many tests, doctors are still working on a diagnosis—but the bottom line is that she requires 24-hour care. This was a huge change for both of us. Suddenly we were pretty much restricted to our home. Just as suddenly, the coronavirus descended on the country. Our Washington State Governor Jay Inslee ordered everyone to stay at home. For my wife and I, what else was new (aside from the threat of an insidious disease with dire ...

Conspiracy Theory: How & Why Christians Perpetuate the Tomb Soldiers’ Cover-up – Brad Jersak

     Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’      “And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and 1keep you out of trouble.”      And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread ...

Will it Hurt Less if I Can Control it? by Mike Peterson

Security Blanket Over the past 25 years I have taught a graduate course entitled “Human Responses to Stress,” which more aptly should be called, as I tell my students, “Human Responses to Life” because it is life events and circumstances that cause us distress. Of all the many ways we respond to stress two themes emerge as having preeminence: predictability and control. We go to great lengths to control our lives and make them predictable. In fact, an unpredictable life is a life that is very stressful, and potentially harmful. When we drive, we like other driver’s behavior to be predictable—we want them to predictably stay on their ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak: “What is the worm that never dies?”

Question: I have read a Q & A you have answered on Mark 9 and found it really thorough and very interesting. The one thing I do not see is what the worm represents in this passage in Mark 9. It says "the worm never dies." I have heard that it represents the eternal worm that basically torments you for eternity in hell. I haven't been able to find an explanation for was the "worm" means. Would you be able to explain the best interpretation you know? Thank you very much. I really appreciate you.  Response: In Mark 9, we see Christ is simply citing the imagery in the very last verse of Isaiah: 24 “And they will go out ...

Holy Week: Resurrection Morning – “A Harrowing Exit” – Brad Jersak

The Great Descent The Law, the Psalms and the Prophets forecast it.The Gospels and the Epistles allude to it.Ancient Christian hymns, liturgies and poetry announce it.It permeates both Eastern and Western theological tradition.It even has its own line in the Apostles’ Creed.   But only recently has Christ’s conquest of Hades caught the attention of moderns. It’s so central to the gospel message that its omission requires correction. The same events go by various names—the great descent, the harrowing of hades, Christus Victor. But they all refer to the narrative that culminates in the resurrection of Christ before dawn on ...

Holy Week – COVID Saturday meditation: “Locked In, Locked Out, Breakout” – Brad Jersak

Locked In  Quarantine or “shelter in place” gets old. For some, it may have initially been a welcome and much-needed reprieve from the grueling pace of 21st-century scurrying. But eventually, I imagine even the introverts going a bit squirrely, especially as binge-watching runs its course and our funds thin out.  For some, the isolation goes far deeper than boredom—the COVID health scare has seniors locked down, shut in and even more lonely than before—especially the widows and widowers. I think, too, of others who were already locked up in detention centers and prisons (some still awaiting trial), powerless and terrified of how ...

Holy Week: Good Friday Meditation – Brad Jersak

God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead--whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. Acts 5:30 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. Acts 3:15 On this Good Friday of our first (and hopefully last) COVID-19 Holy Week, I awoke to these profound words, cited by my friend Kenneth Tanner on his Instagram feed: "How would you ever nail God to a Cross--unless he wanted to be there?" --Father John Ricardo This is the crux, the paradox and the intersection of the great mystery of divine sovereignty (which is to say love) and human freedom (which is to say rebellion). That men with ...

Holy Week – COVID Thursday meditation – “Maundy?” – Brad Jersak

Holy Week Thursday As "the hour" of Christ's arrest, trial and crucifixion approaches, we remember the events of "Maundy Thursday," memorializing especially the details of Last Supper. And we recall John's unique account of Jesus washing his disciples' feet. The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) set the Last Supper on Passover Seder, the feast of unleavened bread, commemorating the Jews' speedy exodus from bondage in Egypt. They left so quickly there was no time for the bread to rise. Christ institutes "the Lord's Table" or "Eucharist" at this meal. He breaks the bread, saying, "This is my body," and pours the wine, saying, ...

Holy Week: “Spy Wednesday” Meditation – Brad Jersak

"Hump Day" Wednesday is often referred to as "hump day" because for those on a Monday-to-Friday workweek, it signals a psychological crest. If you live for the weekend, there's still a lot of work to do but you can see the Friday horizon. Of course, COVID-19 has signficantly disrupted those rhythms and in terms of this virus, the hump day phase seems a long way off. Our best models for the coming weeks forecast dark days. Denial of is false comfort. But neither should fear-mongering be regarded as wisdom. What then? This COVID Wednesday of Passion Week invites us to hunker down with Christ, uniting with him in his sorrow so as not to get ...

Holy Week: COVID Tuesday Meditation – “If I am lifted up” – Brad Jersak

What happened Tuesday? As we continue our Passion Week trek toward the Paschal Feast, the specific events of Holy Tuesday are not entirely clear. I imagine Jesus bedding down in Bethany each night, then hiking the four kilometres up to the Temple in Jerusalem each day. There, the Lord would occupy his Father's House, healing the sick, teaching his disciples and disputing with the religious establishment. Christians around the world commemorate Holy Tuesday by focusing on various events that may or may not have occurred precisely on that day. No matter. Some recall Jesus' debates with the Pharisees and Sadducees over marriage in heaven, ...