Caleb Morell of 9 Marks Writes About How Washington, D.C. Churches Responded to the Second Wave of the Spanish Flu in December of 1918

Caleb Morrell is a MDIV student at SBTS Seminary and a research assistant to Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.  Caleb wrote a solid historical article at 9 Marks about what happened when churches re-opened in the Spanish Flu only to have the influenza rage again in the second wave. There are many historical lessons in what Caleb writes and this blog believes strongly in learning from history.

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson 

Does not wisdom call?
    Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
    at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
    at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
    and my cry is to the children of man.
O simple ones, learn prudence;
    O fools, learn sense.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
    and from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth;
    wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Proverbs 8:1-7 ESV


Capitol Hill Baptist Church

One of the issues that deeply troubled me about the COVID-19 pandemic is how many people are ignoring history. This former history grad student believes that history should be a guide. That history should be learned from and studied. That history’s mistakes should be learned and applied to the present. In the illiberal time we live in with alternative facts and some embracing junk science I find this deeply concerning. For example in the talk of the COVID-19 pandemic no one is talking about what they will do when there is a second wave of COVID-19? How will the hospitals handle it? How will the schools and nursing homes handle it? What about work places in a metro area like Washington, D.C., New York City or Chicago? 

Caleb Moreell is the pastoral assistant for Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. In March of 2020 Caleb Morrell wrote a well researched historical article that looked at how churches responded to the 1918 Spanish Flu. You can read that article in the following post. “Caleb Morell of 9 Marks on How Washington, D.C. Churches Dealt with the 1918 Spanish Flu that Killed 3,000 Washingtonians.”  Following what Caleb wrote in March he did another article that is a fascinating read on what happened when churches in Washington, D.C. re-opened only to have the Spanish Flu surge again and the public health crisis that followed. This blog is recommending that people read this 9 Marks article as its very applicable to the debate that is going on today. You can read what happened in December of 1918 in, “What Did DC Churches Do When the Spanish Flu Struck Again?

Its the hope of this blog that people will turn toward history for study, guidance and lessons. Let the dead speak boldly and as a society let us learn from them and their mistakes made early in the 20th century