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COVID-19 Economic Response—Pick Your Picture

The nation is now having to come to terms with the COVID-19 economic response. Every organizational leader is having to pick their anticipated metaphor and make organizational decisions accordingly. The anticipated responses are varied. But this much we know: the picture you hold in your mind will dictate your actions. We think first in pictures. C.S. Lewis observed, “All our truth, or all but a few fragments is won by metaphor.” Pictures work differently than mere propositions. We sometimes say that “Pictures are worth a 1,000 words,” but it is not simply that they carry more information, rather they frame information. Metaphors convey interpretations and significance, not bare facts. Apo

Seven Aspirational Post-Pandemic Shifts for the American Church

The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is in many ways an historic event. Whether it is really life changing and culture shaping is still unknown. Weather patterns change daily. Climate change is more enduring and significant. It is too early to tell whether the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic rises to the level of climate change. In historical hindsight it may be viewed as an overreaction to faulty epidemiological models and largely dismissed. We’d be naive to think that it will engender lasting social change. The human proclivity of returning to old habits and ingrained patterns remains strong. It is more than likely that few lessons will be learned from this experience and that the “new” normal will l

We Dare Not Look Away

Humans lack good mirrors. It is very hard for us to see ourselves honestly. Our preference is to look away. Pandemics serve as a mirror of our society. Frank Snowden in his book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present, observes that “Epidemics are a category of disease that seems to hold up the mirror to human beings as to who we really are.” The honest reflection is not always pleasant. Pandemics have been a common occurrence in human history. Our historical amnesia, social media frenzy, and Western society myopia tends to distort our current crisis out of historic proportion. All of a sudden the one line in our Western history textbooks about the 14th century (1346-

COVID-19 AND THE RE-FRAMING HIGHER EDUCATION

Higher education is going to be re-framed. It’s inevitable. Christian higher education is re-framing in light of a post-Christian culture in order to meaningfully reach the rising generation of students. Christian education now has to re-frame in light of a post-coronavirus world. Re-framing can be challenging and threatening, but it is the opportunity to insert strategic innovation into an organization’s strategic plan. These two massive changes—post-Christian and post-corona—create both the opportunity and necessity for moving beyond the status quo. In an unprecedented move, in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic nearly all higher education shifted to online learning. Tha

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