March 27, 2020

In times of quarantine, when church services are shut down, many Christians are turning to online worship. This is not the best way, but it is a form of “meeting together” and doesn’t have to mean just passively watching a screen. Here are some tips for worshiping online. Read more

March 26, 2020

In Edward Young’s “Night Thoughts,” an unusual poetic meditation on death, the poet turns around the convention gibe that Heaven will be boring. This world, he says, is the realm of boredom. Eternity is the realm of adventure, surprise, novelty, curiosity, and pleasure. Read more

March 25, 2020

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three” (1 Cor 13:13).  We hear a lot about faith.  We hear a lot about love.  But we don’t hear so much about hope. Luther explains “hope” in an illuminating way, showing its relationship to “faith.” Read more

March 24, 2020

An article by Lyman Stone, entitled “Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years,” surveys how the church dealt with plagues throughout its history, drawing from that tradition to help us deal with today’s COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

March 23, 2020

All pastors and their congregations should take advantage of this free resource on what churches need to do in this coronavirus epidemic. It’s by Lyman Stone, an LCMS missionary to Hong Kong who worked with churches in their COVID-19 and SARS pandemics. His advice is scientific, practical, and theological, with suggestions for ministry even when corporate worship is shut down. Read more

March 21, 2020

I would like to invite you to our church; that is, to our online service.  If your congregation has had to cancel worship services because of the coronavirus and isn’t able to offer an alternative, you are welcome to join us. This can also introduce you to the liturgies of Lutheran worship–not the full Divine Service with Communion, of course, but Matins and Vespers, with outstanding sermons. Read more

March 20, 2020

In “Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions,” John Donne reflects on the course of his sickness from a typhus epidemic, creating a dazzling masterpiece of English prose and Christian meditation. Read more

March 19, 2020

In his advice about dealing with plagues, Luther counsels against over-reactions and false piety. He also recommends “self-quarantining.” Read more

March 18, 2020

As we face the coronavirus, the Bible has much to say about plagues and pestilences. These are presented as signs of God’s wrath, but they are also expressive of the Gospel. When Aaron and David interpose themselves between the plague and the people, they are foreshadowing Christ. Read more

March 17, 2020

In the course of his “Confession,” in which St. Patrick recounts his life as a slave and a missionary, he gives a statement of his faith, a profound and eloquent expression of the Christology and Trinitarianism of the Nicene Creed. Read more

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