The Gospel Coalition has been quite active in writing and offering a theological response to the COVID-19 pandemic since it took off in the United States in March. This blog monitors The Gospel Coalition for trends, issues and perspectives. The Gospel Coalition represents the Neo-Calvinists viewpoint. In this post are a number of articles that were published during the April and May time frame that this blog wanted to capture.
“Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom, WHO director general
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV
There has been a number of interesting articles on how The Gospel Coalition has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This post is presenting a sampling that I have been seeing over the months of April and May 2020. They present different angles and takes on the current pandemic. In writing about the pandemic and how evangelicals are reacting to it I think its important to capture what the Neo-Calvinists are saying about COVID-19 and church during this unique time in American history.
- David Gunner Gunderson of Bridgepoint Bible in Houston wrote an article about how leaders should look at the pandemic as a marathon. You can read more in, “Leaders, Pace Yourself During the Quarantine.”
- Steve Chang and Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra wrote an article that looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea affected evangelicals in that country. You can read more in, “What South Korean Christians Want You to Know About Coronavirus.”
- Collin Hanson and John Lennox explored the issue of where is God in the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more in, “John Lennox on Where to Find God During COVID-19.”
- Rusty McKie of Sojourn Community in Chattanooga, Tennessee wrote about the epidemic of isolation that people are facing due to social distancing and how people should respond. You can read more in, “Leverage Your Loneliness.”
- Collin Hanson writes about his predictions of what life will be like after the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more in, “5 Predictions for the COVID-19 Aftermath.”
- John Piper and Collin Hansen reflect on what the COVID-19 can do to modern evangelicalism. You can read more in, “John Piper on the Coronavirus and Christ.”
- Rob Hill of West Springfield of Covenant Community Church in West Springfield, Massachusetts writes about the issue of worship during the pandemic. You can read more in, “Don’t Let Coronavirus Steal Your Corporate Worship.”
- Joe Carter on the issue of when will churches re-open? You can read more in, “When Will Our Church Buildings Reopen?”
- Samuel G. Parkison of Emmaus in North Kansas City, which is Acts 29 wrote about church plants during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more in, “Church Plants, Fight for Community During COVID-19.”
- Ric Rodeheaver of Christ Community Church in Laguna Hills, California wrote about how COVID-19 is making things normal again. You can read more in, “Normal Again, Thanks to COVID-19.”
- Stephen Witmer of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts wrote about what will not change in the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read, “7 Things the Coronavirus Hasn’t Changed.“
- Ken Boer from the First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee writes about the issue of congregational singing in the COVID-19 era. You can read more in, “Is Congregational Singing Dangerous?”
- Sarah EEkhoff Zylstra writes about how six pastors are responding to the issue of re-opening. You can read more in, “How 6 Pastors Are Thinking About Reopening.”
- Warren Peel a pastor from Northern Ireland wrote about the issue of transmitting COVID-19. You can read more in, “I (Probably) Gave Someone the Virus. Now I Feel Guilty.”
- Brad Larson wrote about COVID-19 leaving people unemployed. You can read more in, “Help! COVID-19 Left Me Unemployed.”
- Brett McCracken wrote an article about the issue of division in the church as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read that in, “Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You.”