Recommended Read in the Dallas Morning News: Why Jesus Would Wear a Face Mask During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A professor of medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California writes a column in the Dallas Morning News as to why Jesus would wear a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this post Dr. Karl Lorenz draws upon his time among the Baptists in the Southern United States. Again this blog would encourage you to wear your face mask.  Continue reading

The Tragic Loss of Medical Professional Dr. Lorna Breen Through Suicide as a Result of the Emotional Strain of the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the New York Times the other day they told the story of a doctor on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Bronx’s NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital. This is a difficult read about someone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who had a mental health crisis and sadly committed suicide. This post is not for everyone and has a 1-800 number included for those who might need help in the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Evidence Suggests That Evangelical Churches Meeting During a Pandemic Are Helping to Worsen COVID-19 and Accelerate the Spread in the United States. Also Ed Stetzer Responds to a New York Times Article

There are a number of stories emerging that reveal how COVID-19 outbreaks can be tied back to evangelical churches. Many clamored to re-open only to become tools to transmit the virus. This blog was noticing this development when the New York Times published an article about this issue on July 8, 2020. That article drew Ed Stetzer’s ire in a Christianity Today article which is also covered in this blog post. Continue reading

The Tragic Death of Carsyn Leigh Davis Who Attended a Party at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida and Contracted COVID-19

A dark story comes out of an Assembly of God Church in Fort Myers, Florida. In the middle of a pandemic a mother takes her immune compromised daughter to a church party at First Assembly of God Fort Myers where she contracts COVID-19. It also turns out that the mother who is allegedly into Christian nationalism and junk science then administers the discredited drug  hydroxychloroquine to her daughter. Two days after her 17th birthday Carysn Davis died  in an ICU and remains one of the youngest fatalities of the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida. A child is dead in Florida and it could have been prevented. This is a story that highlights why evangelicalism is so flawed as junk science, evangelical culture, and Christian nationalism are woven together in this tragedy. Continue reading

Tim Spanburg of Christ Community Church in Shawnee Mission, Kansas Pleads With Evangelicals to Wear Face Masks so His Son Can Go to Church

This blog previously wrote about evangelicals and face masks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over at Christ Community Church in Shawnee Mission, Kansas Tim Spanning writes a passionate blog post asking for evangelicals to wear face masks. Why? His son is at high risk for COVID-19 and he would like for his son to be able to come to church again.  Continue reading

A Collection of What The Gospel Coalition Published About the COVID-19 Pandemic During April and May of 2020

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.  Continue reading

The Lonely Death of Nan Durrett From COVID-19 as Told in Baptist News Global

In the Baptist New Global they had a disturbing article about someone dealing with COVID-19. How she became infected and how she died isolated and alone. Its hard to read but the op-ed points to how the United States needs to take better care of seniors. And from my point of view it also illustrates why the COVID-19 virus needs to be taken seriously. A virus will not discriminate  between young and old. Black or white. A virus like this doesn’t care and will leave a lot of death in its wake. Continue reading

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Exposing the Divide Between the Young and the Elderly in American Evangelicalism

American evangelicalism has long been focused on the young. As such the elderly are routinely neglected. However, we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and that generation divide between the young and the old will be made worse by this medical crisis. Expect to see the further estrangement of the elderly by many evangelical churches as churches try to reopen. Continue reading