Articles on COVID-19

The coronavirus is not only a physical reality, but also a theological one. This resource collection offers timely, biblical teaching and reflection on topics surrounding sickness, fear, isolation, and more.

  • A COVID-19 Update from Nairobi by Kenneth Mbugua

    Providence has led us into the shadowy lands of a global pandemic. For us as churches, many graces have been denied us in this season, but it is the lack of the grace of assembling that hurts the most...

  • Does God Miss Our Worship? by W. Robert Godfrey

    Many Christians have expressed disappointment and frustration in the last few weeks about not being able to gather for worship because of the COVID-19 crisis. I am one of them. I very much miss the preaching, the singing, the prayers, and the fellowship. I, too, wonder when we will be able to return to worship. But last Sunday, a new question came into my mind: Does God miss our worship?

  • COVID-19 and Common Grace by Robert Rothwell

    If the last few weeks of your life have been anything like mine, you’ve been spending more time at home. The physical distancing suggestions and rules given by governors, mayors, and even the president of the United States in order to deal with COVID-19 have closed stores, restaurants, sporting arenas, and many other places. Many of us, including me, are working almost exclusively from home...

  • What Would Solomon Say about COVID-19? by Benjamin Shaw

    The world has seemingly come unhinged in the last few months. First, there were just rumors of some viral disease in China. Then, almost overnight, it was everywhere. Officials have urged us to practice “social distancing,” a delight for introverts but something that causes real difficulties for most people...

  • Productivity in a Pandemic by Nicholas T. Batzig

    Sequestered on a family farm during the great plague of London in 1665, twenty-three-year-old Isaac Newton made significant advances in the fields of mathematics and science. By 1666, Newton had succeeded in framing his principles of calculus, theories about the light spectrum, and the laws of motion and gravity—all of which he worked at in quarantine. This exceptional man achieved some of his greatest accomplishments during a period of social distancing.

  • Psalm 89: Promise, Struggle, and Reality by W. Robert Godfrey

    Virus is a Latin word originally. For the Romans, it meant poison, venom, slime, or even stench. It is not surprising that physicians at some point long ago took this word to refer to diseases they did not understand—diseases that act as mysteriously as poisons, which, if they do not kill, leave as unexpectedly as they came...

  • Waiting for a Cure by Thomas Brewer

    I've sometimes been hesitant to describe sin as like a disease. I think that’s because, being Reformed, I want to be sure I properly explain the doctrine of sin. To admit that sin is like a disease can sometimes imply that somehow we are able to help ourselves in the midst of our sinfulness. That’s why it’s common...

  • Wives, Mothers, and COVID-19 by Christina Fox

    We’ve had an onslaught of bad news in recent weeks. As the coronavirus spread its way across the world, the news became more grim. And it continues each day. Every morning, we wake up to an updated account of how many people are sick with COVID-19 and how many...

  • Is God Sovereign over Viruses? by Gene Edward Veith

    The coronavirus epidemic has disrupted our lives, shut down the economy, and killed thousands of people. If God is sovereign and good, some are asking, why doesn’t He stop it?

  • Pandemics, Digital Media, and Anxiety by Michael Sacasas

    We are always walking into the unknown. While this fact is often obscured by the regular rhythms of everyday life, it sometimes becomes disconcertingly plain to us that we do not know what tomorrow will bring...

  • COVID-19 and Longing for a Joy That Is Complete by Nathan W. Bingham

    The church in the United States and much of the world has never experienced anything like these past few weeks. Yes, the church has faced pandemics throughout the centuries, but it has never done so with the ability to move certain aspects of corporate worship online...

  • An Update on the Church in London by Paul Levy

    Two Fridays ago, the headlines read, “Coronavirus Tsunami about to Hit London Hospitals.” There is a sense in which it feels as if we are beginning to feel the force of that wave here. The last two weeks have seen London gradually shut down. Only supermarkets and certain shops are allowed to be open; schools, theaters, and cinemas are all closed...

  • Where Can We Turn in Fearful Times? by Leonardo De Chirico

    There are two ways in which my fellow Italians are trying to handle the fears that the COVID-19 emergency is spreading around us. The secular way is to use the phrase Tutto andrà bene, meaning “all will go well.” It is obsessively written in blog posts, pictures, and messages that people exchange with frenzy...

  • Dealing with Death and Disease by Robert Rothwell

    “I see a spot we need to keep an eye on.” Cancer. It wasn’t a diagnosis that I ever expected to hear as a young man about to start a family. Immediately, my mind filled with questions: How will I tell my wife? How will she manage if I die? What will the treatment cost? Am I ready to die?

  • Working Remotely to the Glory of God by Joe Holland

    I'm writing this as the news and illnesses related to COVID-19 hang over our anxious and social-distanced country. In an attempt to stem the tide of viral transmission, a large number of employers strongly encouraged their employees to work from home if possible—an option that many Christian employees have taken for the first time...