COVID-19 and Longing for a Joy That Is Complete
The church has faced pandemics throughout the centuries, but it has never done so with the ability to move certain aspects of corporate worship online.
One of the worst things that could happen as a result of church services’ being forced to go online is that they would remain online long after COVID-19. The enticement of no commute, being instantly home after the benediction, and getting a refill of coffee during the sermon could lead us to convince ourselves that... Continue Reading
What Do We Do Now?
For those of us not on the front line, there are three things that are important for us to do going forward.
Let us learn contentment, be creative and be confident. The Lord is our salvation. We are not our own, we are His. It is time we quit living like God exists for our happiness and start living like we exist to exalt Him and be His people in His world. “And He died for all,... Continue Reading
Lessons to Learn from Mikey Weinstein’s Attempt to Appropriate the COVID Crisis
Although US and UK governments pressure on public worship services may be motivated by legitimate public health concerns, does not mean that it could not be appropriated for nefarious ends.
Infamous atheist and “freedom from religion” campaigner Mikey Weinstein seems to grasp this concept. In his campaign to force US Navy and Air Force chapels to close, is he really just interested in the health of sailors, airmen, and Marines? Hardly. He knows that if he can force chapels to close now because of this... Continue Reading
A Brief COVID-19 Analysis and Its Implications for the Church
A brief analysis of the relevant, currently available data (as of 3.24.2020) regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the administrative – public health response to it in the context of a Christian world and life view.
In light of a highly probable, severe economic dislocation as a result of “shutting the country down,” church leaders should consider a call for a special offering by those able to contribute in the Lord’s Providence, so as to bolster Diaconal benevolence funds. Many brothers and sisters in our Presbyteries / Consistories and beyond our... Continue Reading
Perspective: “The Dreaded Cholera” in Kentucky, 1832-1833
The 1832-1833 cholera pandemic was the first national pandemic in the history of the United States.
Think of your own church today, if you can try to imagine the loss of ten members within a few months; losses made even more painful in a congregation of less than one hundred to start with. As of this writing, God in mercy has spared our churches such sorrow upon sorrow. [Author’s note:... Continue Reading
Canceling Worship as an Act of Worship: Reflections on Social Distancing
The implication of social distancing that is most troubling to us is refraining from gathering in person on Sunday to worship.
God describes himself as, and calls us to be, a protector of the weak and vulnerable. In biblical terminology this was widows, orphans, and sojourners. But right now this is not only the elderly but also those who have weakened immune systems for any reason. We are in a difficult and confusing moment in... Continue Reading
Why Sexual Morality May be Far More Important than You Ever Thought
Unwin found that when strict prenuptial chastity was abandoned, absolute monogamy, deism, and rational thinking disappeared within three generations.
Highest flourishing of culture: The most powerful combination was pre-nuptial chastity coupled with “absolute monogamy”. Rationalist cultures that retained this combination for at least three generations exceeded all other cultures in every area, including literature, art, science, furniture, architecture, engineering, and agriculture. Only three out of the eighty-six cultures studied ever attained this level…. Unwin’s... Continue Reading
A Response to Memorial PCA’s Statement
Concerning the statement regarding the “Theatre Production on Church Property by a Transgender Playwright”
Memorial Presbyterian Church, a PCA church in St. Louis, made news in 2018 when it hosted the controversial Revoice conference. The church’s pastor, Greg Johnson, spoke at Revoice in 2019 and is slated to speak again in 2020. According to the event announcement accessed on Thursday, the Q Collective, which is an LGBT group “exploring... Continue Reading
Lessons Learned from Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Q Collective
What we can learn from Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) and its connection with The Chapel.
The way to reach pagan people in our day is the same way the apostles did in their day. We go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit, with utmost confidence in the word of God as our authority, and we proclaim the excellencies of Jesus who loves the sinner, who died and rose... Continue Reading
Let’s make the gospel go viral.
Instead of joining in the mass hysteria, what if believers used the Coronavirus as a viral opportunity to spread the good news of the gospel? The best prevention to the Cornovavirus is not breathing. Not breathing is also its worst outcome. Maybe it’s time to encourage people to explore what God says about eternal life.... Continue Reading