The Gospel Coalition Reflects and Writes About COVID-19

At The Gospel Coalition a large number of articles dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic have been published. This post collects a sample of them and what some in the Neo-Calvinist community are saying about the pandemic that has slammed Seattle, New York City and California while growing in the United States.

“God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.”

John Calvin

A ruler who oppresses the poor
    is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
    but those who heed it resist them.

Proverbs 28:3-4 NIV

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There have been a series of articles that have been published at The Gospel Coalition that deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This post is going to collect a sampling for people who want to see what some of the Neo-Calvinists are saying about the coronavirus. No doubt as more time passes additional articles will be written. But this will inform you of some of the thinking going on inside The Gospel Coalition. 

  1. Geoff Chang of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon wrote a post about the ministry of Charles Spurgeon during the cholera epidemics that broke out in London in 1854. You can read that in, “5 Lessons from Spurgeon’s Ministry in a Cholera Outbreak.” 
  2. Matt Smethurst who is the managing editor of The Gospel Coalition wrote about C.S. Lewis in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read about that in, “C. S. Lewis on the Coronavirus.” 
  3. Moses Lee who is planting a Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland wrote a post about how early Christians dealt with pandemics. You can read that in, “What the Early Church Can Teach Us About the Coronavirus.”
  4. Miguel Núñez who is also a council member of The Gospel Coalition and pastor in the Dominican Republic wrote about the coronavirus. Miguel also was an assistant clinical professor of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1989-97) at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey. His specialty was internal medicine and infectious diseases. You can read his article in, “The FAQs: Coronavirus Explained by an Infectious Disease Expert and Pastor.” 
  5. Glen Scrivener who directs a ministry in the United Kingdom called Speak Life wrote about how early personalities dealt wit pandemics in the church. You can read that in, “Responding to Pandemics: 4 Lessons from Church History.”
  6. Jay Kim of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California wrote about moving church online in, “Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus Age.”
  7. Paul Worcester who does ministry at the California State University Chico wrote about college students, faith and canceled classes due to the coronavirus. You can read that article in, “Dear College Students: The Mission Isn’t Canceled.” 
  8. Todd Wagner of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas wrote about Christians and anxiety in the COVID-19 era. You can read about that in, “Should Christians Be Anxious About the Coronavirus?
  9. Mark Oden of an evangelical church in Italy wrote about what the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy is teaching him about faith and God. You can read that in, “8 Things the Coronavirus Should Teach Us.” 
  10. Justin Whitmel Earley, who is an attorney in Richmond, Virginia wrote an article at The Gospel Coalition on how to love people in a pandemic. You can read that in, “9 Ways to Love Your Neighbor in This Pandemic.” 
  11. Brian Tabb of Bethlehem College and Seminary wrote a disturbing posts on how a pandemic smashes idols and writes of COVID-19 in a “Biblical perspective.” I am thinking of doing a stand alone post on this article. Trouble is I am overwhelmed in articles to write about. You can read it in, “Theological Reflections on the Pandemic.”
  12. Jonathan Landry Cruse who pastors Community Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan wrote about a pastor preaching to an “empty” church. You can read that article in “Take Heart, Pastor. Your Church Won’t Be Empty Sunday.” 

On March 12, 2020 Collin Hanson who is the editorial director of The Gospel Coalition sent out an email about The Gospel Coalition and the COVID-19 pandemic. Hanson’s goal was to ask people to pray for the eradication of the coronavirus and in also educating people about the disease.  You can read that email below.

Aided by friends and experts scattered around the world, The Gospel Coalition has been tracking and writing about coronavirus (COVID-19) since January. And we’re committed to helping you, your family, and your church in three particular ways:

  1. To answer your most common questions about the disease. See: “The FAQs: Coronavirus Explained by an Infectious Disease Expert and Pastor”
  2. To give you spiritual and historical perspective on this global pandemic. See: “Should Christians Be Anxious About the Coronavirus?”
  3. To help your church adapt to new restrictions on social interaction and public meeting. See: “Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus Age”

In all things we want to be vigilant and above all prayerful. Would you join us in asking God to eradicate coronavirus and heal the sick? In the meantime we have an opportunity to follow in the way of our Lord Jesus and in the example of the church throughout the ages. This is our time to care for our neighbors and share the love of Jesus Christ, which delivers us from sin and death.

“May the God of peace be with you all.” (Rom. 15:33)

Collin Hansen
Editorial Director