Twenty Christian Leaders Release Free Book on American Society’s COVID-19 Recovery
‘Arise Together’ Contributing Author and Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land: ‘Let us be about our Father’s business in a new normal’
July 6, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The world after COVID-19 will be different than the world before. The “new-normal” marches in with hardship and fear, isolation and loneliness. Everything has changed. “Arise Together”—a two-hundred-page volume written by twenty pastors and Christian leaders in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic—is poised for an early July release and promises to help make sense of the changing world.
Readers will find “Arise Together” timely and relevant. All the authors donated their time and a chapter to bring encouragement and Christian unity in times of tectonic shift. A Christian-owned printer in the US agreed to print it at low cost and to deliver this book free of charge to consumers. Chapters invite readers to explore a myriad of topics in a pandemic world: mortality, sharing a message of hope, emerging better after, remaining mission focused, etc.
One of 20 contributing authors to “Arise Together” is Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land (SES, www.ses.edu), who offers a fresh perspective in his chapter, “How Should Christians and Churches Respond to the ‘New Normal?’”
“Well prior to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, an ever-growing number of Americans were increasingly aware of the social dislocation being wrought by the internet revolution and its negative impact on the mediating institutions in American life,” Land writes. “As Americans, particularly the Millennials and Generation Y, have been more and more consumed by the internet and social media, they have found themselves increasingly expressing a sense of loneliness, isolation, alienation, and depression.
“The internet was already rapidly disproving John Donne’s observation, ‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. . . .’ Instead, the internet social revolution has resulted in the increased ‘atomizing’ of our society, where everyone is evolving into their own ‘island,’ and there is no ‘whole.’”
Land’s perspective goes to the heart of the isolation only accelerated by stay-at-home quarantines that led to work from home, school from home, and worship from home. Land’s chapter points to the solution. The pandemic has furnished “a remarkable spiritual opportunity. . . . The door is now wide open, and we have a newly attentive and spiritually sensitized audience.
“As the churches seek to respond to the post-pandemic ‘new’ normal, we will find a model and guidebook for doing so by harkening back to our first century roots,” Land continues. “In the first century, our spiritual ancestors met in ‘house churches,’ small groups of believers who met for regular worship, discipleship, and fellowship. . . .
“We must help all Christians, both the re-energized and the newly energized, to understand that God created us as social creatures, designed both for fellowship and relationship vertically with Him and horizontally with each other.”
Vide Press, the book-publishing division of The Christian Post, of which Land is editor in chief, is poised for an early July release of “Arise Together.”
The book is free for the asking (https://arisetogetherbook.com/products/arisetogether) and will be followed up by an e-book version to be announced at a later date.
SES has announced its 2020 National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), set for Oct. 16-17 in Charlotte. The seminary will focus on the theme of “Hold Fast” for the 27th annual conference by welcoming some of the nation’s top apologetics speakers. The early bird deadline for tickets is Aug. 1, and SES is offering a free apologetics Bible to early ticketholders.
Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, here. Dr. Richard Land is a leading voice of evangelicals in America. He serves as executive editor of The Christian Post and President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a leader in Christian apologetics education.