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Peter Wehner sees civil war breaking out among evangelicals in the US.

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The details of the Newhouse prescription for dealing with the broken realities of the world we inhabit are fairly general.

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It is always easier to describe a broken situation and to suggest a cause for the flaws we see in the world than it is to offer truly helpful prescriptions for the ills we observe.

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In her challenging and provocative article “Everything is Broken, published online in “Tablet”
( https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/everything-is-broken), Alana Newhouse makes a somewhat obvious, but important and often overlooked, observation.

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Restaurants have rarely been a big part of my life. Generally, I am pretty happy eating at home.

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It is 7:00 in the morning. The phone rings at home. A cheery voice on the other end of the line says, “Good morning. How are you this morning?” Warily, I reply, “I am fine thank you”.

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Three final reasons why, even in the midst of COVID we might want to continue seeking to engage in this curious enterprise we call “church”:

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The reality of COVID has caused an inevitable re-evaluation of much that we do in our society.  Before returning mindlessly to business as usual, it is important to hold the questions that have been raised by the massive shifts we have experienced over the past three months and allow the questions to do their work in our lives.

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No, this is not the doubting question of a despairing priest. Nor is it a cynical query from a despiser of religious institutions.

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It was Monday 16 March 2020. It seemed impossible to imagine at the time when the official announcement came out:

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