Pardon the Interruption
Mar. 22 - Apr. 5, 2020
Investing in an Era of Instability
April 5, 2020 • Michael Krause
The Novel Coronavirus is literally sweeping through every area of life. It is spreading all across the globe, and touching every area of life. It is affecting us physically, socially, emotionally, and relationally. And, for many if not all, it is affecting us financially. Whether it is the extra expenses incurred to manage our daily lives, the loss of work because of social distancing or self-isolation, or the plunging of the stock markets, jeopardizing people’s savings and retirement, most of us have felt the financial crunch of this crisis. How should we respond to this financial uncertainty? How do we plan the pathway forward? What does it look like to be financially invested in an era of such radical instability?
Trust in a Time of Uncertainty
March 29, 2020 • Michael Krause
Many people don’t like surprises. Most people struggle with change. Even those who enjoy change, only enjoy it when they are fully in control of every aspect of it, when it is something they’ve chosen for themselves. NOBODY likes the kinds of changes that have been thrust on us over the last couple weeks: broad, sweeping, terrifying changes on an unknown timeline, disrupting our lives in unpredictable ways, confronting us with an uncertain future. How do we live in the light of this kind of uncertainty? How do we stay in control when life is out of control? How do we learn to lean into God when it seems that we can’t trust anything in our lives? How do we trust in times of uncertainty?
Faithfulness in the Face of Fear
March 22, 2020 • Michael Krause
The world is a different place than it was even a week ago, with rules and protocols changing sometimes by the hour.. The Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has transformed the social and psychological landscape of our culture, changing our patterns of behaviour, reorganizing our priorities, and introducing new phrases into our collective vocabulary: social distancing, flattening the curve, and community spread. But how do we live in a state of emergency without giving into a state of fear? How do we not let this global pandemic leave us in the grip of panic? And what does it look like to remain faithful to God and responsible to each other, when the overwhelming temptation is to hoard toilet paper?