The Suffering in Suffering

There will come a day when the last tear is shed. Until then, God has made himself present in our affliction. For today’s musical pairing, Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen by Kjartan Sveinsson. See video below. “Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, ‘Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?’ They replied, ‘Certainly, Your Majesty.’ He said, ‘Look! I see four men... Read More

In a Time of Crisis, We Need Both ‘Sense’ and ‘Sensibility’

The Bible speaks to our rational and emotional needs. But how do we balance them in the midst of fear? We all need a little more “sense and sensibility” in our lives these days. The title of the much-beloved first novel by Jane Austen takes on new significance in the age of COVID-19. We need more of Austen—her wit and wisdom—right now. But we also need the qualities of character that the title of her novel names. There’s nothing quite like a global... Read More

In Italy, I’ve Rediscovered the Power of Three Types of Prayer

Psalms of lament felt hyperbolic before COVID-19. But amid 7,400 deaths, my locked-down church in Rome resonates with David more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Italian Christians pray and live their faith, amid a nation reeling from 7,500 deaths—the highest tally in the world—among 74,000 confirmed cases (second only to China). During lockdown, we can no longer gather on Sundays or in home groups. Social gatherings, travel, and weddings are suspended, as are... Read More

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Displayed at Museum of the Bible

Updated exhibit will focus on forgery. The Museum of the Bible displays 16 fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls—and all of them are fake, according to an independent analysis contracted by the museum. The forgeries will remain on display, with an updated exhibit that attempts to use the embarrassing situation as an educational opportunity. “Our goal is to educate the public about these items, educate the public about the academic process, and make a contribution to the field,”... Read More

Screwtape’s Practical Advice for Dealing with the Present

What C. S. Lewis’s senior devil would recommend in response to COVID-19. What you should do is imagine all the bad things that could happen. Picture each awful possibility as you lay awake at 3 a.m., letting image after image flood your mind. Think about how you would bear it if you were sick from the coronavirus, or if COVID-19 struck someone you loved. That’s what Screwtape would advise. A lot of people are looking for practical counsel at the present and one excellent resource is... Read More

To Laugh at the Impossible

God delights in exploding our paltry concepts of what is possible. For today’s musical pairing, Oh Brother by Cyrus Reynolds and Gregg Lehrman, featuring vocals by Novo Amor. See video below. “Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”Genesis 18:13–14 “ is our... Read More

Cristianos, ‘Aplanemos la Curva’ Pero Sigamos Siendo una ‘Religión para los Enfermos’

Los médicos reflexionan teológicamente sobre tres contribuciones cristianas distintivas a las preparaciones de COVID-19. Durante la semana pasada, el mundo ha prestado toda su atención a la corona con espinas de proteínas de COVID-19. Es raro experimentar una inquietud global tan extendida, en la que todos nos encontramos pensando en lo mismo. En cierto modo, el ruido de la vida moderna ha sido desplazado por lo que C. S. Lewis llamó el "megáfono de... Read More

Pastors from Europe Tell North America: Get Ready Now

We talked to pastors from Spain and Italy about their experience, which might be the North American experience in just a few weeks. European countries have become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with both Italy and Spain surpassing China in the number of deaths from COVID-19. While we hope and pray they are finally reaching their peak in the rate of new cases per day, it is still too early to tell. Leaders around the world are now looking to these European countries for lessons on... Read More

The Pandemic in Prison

You can’t lock it up without letting it loose. The advice to slow and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus is by now familiar: Practice social distancing. Don’t congregate in large groups. And always, always wash your hands. But what if you live with another person—or two or three—in a 6-by-8 foot cell, and you eat every meal in a cafeteria that seats dozens, and you have no soap? That’s the situation facing around 1.5 million people in state and federal prisons... Read More

From Crisis to Catalyst: How to Innovate Well by Asking Three Key Questions

As the church works to understand and engage the gravity of the suffering and loss around the globe, I’d argue that we are best served by seeing this season as a catalyst. The church is closed. The words I never thought I’d have to say outside of an act of God. Well, we’re in the middle of one and I’ve had to tell my people that the way we’ve been doing church for the past 15 years has to change. Unsurprisingly, this has led to a lot of confusion, concern, and even... Read More