Like many of you I’ve been facing the challenges of navigating and leading during this crisis. You probably realised a while ago that the plan can’t be to just ‘sit this out’ or ‘weather the storm’ until life returns to normal. We have to accept that some things won’t be the way they were. The world has changed. People are talking about BC and AC – Before Corona and After Corona.Read more
Greetings from the East…
Two to three months ago, the world was thinking about China and praying for us. Today my heart and prayers, and those of believers here, are focused on you in the West, and the rest of the world. It’s been an unsettling time facing COVID-19, but I want to take a moment to share as things start to look a little brighter here.Read more
“In this Crisis, we need to learn how to survive from poor communities,” a friend said to me recently. I didn’t respond. Social-distancing and self-isolation do not represent instinctive responses of poor communities in Africa to disease threats like covid-19. Absolutely contrarily; more closeness would be their response! I could hardly tell him that though, as he had already declared social distancing to be a no-brainer.Read more
In the midst of this crisis we know God is at work, and hearing stories of hope and of how God is working through others reminds us that his hand is on this situation. The following post, from the Chaplain at Nazarene Theological College, demonstrates why we must continue to share the love of Christ with others during lockdown:Read more
One of the advantages of having been in mission leadership is that I have taken a number of courses and workshops in crisis management. You never know when some background in hostage negotiation might come in handy. Though given that in one role-playing exercise, I managed to have a school and all of the hostages blown up, you may not want to engage me as a negotiator.
However, I have picked up some things which may be useful to people during the current slow-burn crisis that we are living through and I thought I’d share them.Read more
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