On a normal Fridays we collect a series of articles on faith and culture. But this has not been a normal week. The threat of coronavirus has forced us to make drastic changes, from school closures and event cancellations to quarantines.
In response, a wealth of helpful content has been published to help Christians think well about this pandemic. Today, we’ve collected a handful of articles we’ve found most helpful.
- Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A Guide for Christian Leaders
Andy Crouch at Medium: “This crisis presents an extraordinary opportunity to fortify small communities of love and care for our neighbors. That will only happen if we lead in a way that reduces fear, increases faith, and reorients all of us from self-protection to serving others.”
- The FAQs: Coronavirus Explained by an Infectious Disease Expert and Pastor
Miguel Núñez at The Gospel Coalition: “The world population seems to be in panic. But for Christians, it’s important to emphasize that there’s no reason to experience such anxiety. Especially when we consider that the God of the heavens and the earth is the same God who controls every microbe, atom, or molecule.”
- How DC Churches Responded When the Government Banned Public Gatherings During the Spanish Flu of 1918
Caleb Morell at 9Marks: “During one of the worst epidemics to ever hit our country, churches respected the directives of the government for a limited time out of neighborly love and in order to protect public health.”
- Mission in the Age of Coronavirus
Stephen Stallard at The CGCS: “The Coronavirus presents us with both a crisis and an opportunity. It is a temporal crisis that will no doubt pass. It is an opportunity to bear faithful witness to the lordship of Christ, which has eternal implications.”
- The Church Must Be a Refuge in the Midst of Fear
Lyman Stone at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission: “When each day brings new uncertainties and worries about how bad things will get, we must trust that God will give us enough grace for the day..”
From Intersect This Week
Here’s a list of the articles we published this week on coronavirus. If you missed one, now’s your time to catch up.
- A Plea for Christians Facing the Coronavirus
Doug Ponder: “You believe in a God who raises the dead, but your neighbor might not, so keep loving them like Jesus—even if that means risking your own life (John 15:13).”
- 4 Biblical Truths for Your Coronavirus Fears
Ronald F. Halbrooks, MD: “We should see how utterly dependent we are on God every moment — not just during world health crises.”
- How to Work from Home (Without Losing Your Job, Mind or Soul)
Marie Burrus: “Working from home has its highs and lows. It allows you to better integrate the different aspects of your life. It’s also an opportunity for one part of your responsibilities to invade and choke out your other healthy habits and roles.”
What other articles would you recommend?