Caleb Morell of 9 Marks and Capitol Hill Baptist wrote an interesting article on how Washington, D.C. churches reacted to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. In that medical crisis 3,000 Washingtonians were lost their lives. This is more of a history post about a dark season in American history in the nation’s capitol.
“When you’re dealing with new and emerging diseases, you have no idea and you can’t predict in advance what would happen.”
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
2 Timothy 3:10-11 NIV
This is a separate post that deserved to be by itself. With the COVID-19 outbreak growing in the United States and the reactions by many people there was an interesting article at 9 Marks. Its alluded to in a podcast that you can listen to in, “What Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman of 9 Marks are Saying About the COVID-19 Virus and Church Attendance.” Caleb Morell is Mark Dever’s research assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Currently he is a MDIV student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Morell researched and wrote about how the 1918 Spanish flu impacted Washington, D.C. and the how the churches responded to the pandemic that killed 3,000 Washingtonians. You can read more in, “How DC Churches Responded When the Government Banned Public Gatherings During the Spanish Flu of 1918.”