Free Coronavirus Resources for you and your church: LifeWay is providing free resources like digital giving platforms for churches lacking a method for members to give online, as well as coronavirus ministry training guides, Bible study resources for kids and adults, and prayer guides. Check them all out here.
Podcast Pick of the Week: Fascinating conversation between Ezra Klein — founder of Vox.com and author of “Why We’re Polarized” — and Ben Shapiro on racism, equality, identity politics, free speech, the Democrat Party moving further left, the polarization in America, and much more.
Kindle Deal: A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle. $0.99.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Andy Crouch – Love in the Time of Coronavirus. At this extraordinary moment, local leaders — people who lead groups of 10 to 1,000 people — have perhaps the greatest opportunity to shape culture in the United States that they have ever had. This is a guide for those of us who are Christian leaders at this moment.
2. Harry Stevens – Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve.” The simulations here are invaluable in helping us understand why “social distancing” is now recommended across the country.
3. Marco Hernandez, Simon Scarr and Manas Sharma – The Korean Clusters. Patient 31 didn’t stick to social distancing but went to church instead, which led to two clusters responsible for 80% of South Korea’s infections.
4. Aaron Earls – 13 Creative Church Ideas for Coronavirus Quarantines. As churches face potentially significant time without in-person gathering, many are thinking through unusual and creative ways to encourage each other and their community.
5. Devin Maddox – 9 Ways to Work Efficiently from Home. What if this strange period of time—slowing us down, focusing us in—gave way to greater productivity, innovation, or even spiritual revival?
6. Sam Storms – How to Pray Against Satan. What are we to pray when it comes to our war with Satan and his demonic hosts? Sam Storms gives us biblical counsel.
7. Lindsay Beyerstein – What Happened to Jordan Peterson? In early February, Jordan Peterson had spent eight days in a medically induced coma at an unnamed clinic in Russia.