The great division

Society | We live in a time of discerning who’s on which side
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 12/10/20, 01:09 pm

I was invited, out of the blue, to the home of a woman for tea. Just she and I. She is a fellow worshipper at our local church with whom I have only infrequent contact—the occasional Saturday morning prayer meeting with a few other women, a social gathering at her farmhouse a year or two ago. Especially since the virus we have been almost entirely out of touch.

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Illustration by Rachel Beatty

2020’s church divide

Churches | A pandemic and national controversies have splintered churches and taken a toll on pastors struggling to hold them together
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/10/20, 01:02 pm

Chuck Bower and five other local pastors sat at a restaurant patio in King, N.C., to strategize. It was early June, and the pastors realized they needed to rethink church operations since the coronavirus pandemic looked to keep lingering. Yet none of them had ever dealt with such a public health crisis before. Two days later, one of the pastors texted the group: His whole family had tested positive that morning. “I apologize for showing up on Monday,” he wrote. “If I had had any signs, obviously I would have stayed away.” 

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Wordcraft vs. warcraft

Language | Is it safe to come out now?
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 11/05/20, 04:37 pm

I write in jest (mostly), but by the time these words see print it may not be a joke. A “shocking” poll from YouGov indicates that over half of us fear civil war—actual armed conflict—within months of this election. Some are even stockpiling food and ammo against “civil unrest,” whatever that may mean.

In the summer of 2018 Rasmussen published a similar poll indicating a similar worry among 31 percent of us. The rhetoric has become even more heated since then, so the rise in tension is no surprise. But when do words become war?

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