I’ve noticed a tendency in me recently, whenever I have an idle moment, to head outside and do some gardening. Maybe it’s just the sunnier days and the warmer weather encouraging me out of doors, but I think it could be something deeper.Read more
A man had a fever, he mingled with others,
And passed on the illness to three of his brothers,
Then each in their turn caused three further new cases,
And so the disease moved to more and more places.
The early church was no stranger to plagues, epidemics, and mass hysteria. In fact, according to both Christian and also non-Christian accounts, one of the main catalysts for the church’s explosive growth in its early years was how Christians navigated disease, suffering, and death. The church’s posture made such a strong impression on Roman society that even pagan Roman emperors complained to pagan priests about their declining numbers, telling them to step up their game.
So what did Christians do differently that shook the Roman Empire? And what can the early church teach us in light of the coronavirus?Read more
I awoke this morning in Naples, Italy’s third city to have been placed on lockdown. Public gatherings, including church services, have been forbidden. Weddings, funerals, and baptisms have been cancelled. Schools and cinemas, museums and gyms, have all been closed. My wife and I just returned from a grocery-shopping trip that took two hours due to long checkout lines. Italy currently has the highest reported number of Coronavirus cases outside of China: 9,172 cases and 463 deaths. As a result, 60 million people have been told to remain in their homes unless absolutely necessary. How are we, as Christians, to respond to such a crisis? Answer: with faith not fear. We are to look into the eye of the storm and ask, Lord, what are you wanting me to learn through this? How are you seeking to change me? Here are eight things we’d all do well to learn, or relearn, from this Coronavirus scare.Read more