Category Archives: The Bible

Pastoral Letter (04/01/20)

To my beloved flock, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

100,000 to 240,000. Those are the numbers that have been given as the possible number of deaths that we might expect in our country due to the coronavirus. We know that these are not just numbers – they are precious human lives. In the next few weeks, the virus will spread exponentially; already we’re seeing that there’s hardly a community that has not been impacted in some way by this sickness. Continue reading

Practical Helps for Social Distancing/Self-Isolation

I’m an introvert. I don’t think this comes as a surprise to anyone who knows me. My nigh-monastic study habits, my aversion to raucous crowds, and my delight in the silent moments of my day, have probably given me away by now. I am also a Pastor. As such, it is my duty and delight to glorify God through working for the good of His people. Both of these realities are true: I am an introvert and a Pastor. Thus, the following tips on how best to use your time in isolation are given not only from a pastoral desire to be a help to you, but also from years of experience in the finer mechanics of solitude. Continue reading

The Good King, A Story for Children Who May Be Afraid

As a pastor, I’m blessed to be not only an under-shepherd of God’s grown-up sheep, but of His little lambs as well. During a crisis like the one in which we now find ourselves, it is very easy to be so caught up in our own concerns and preparations that we overlook the wee ones. They may be small, but when they see their schools closing, or their mommy or daddy staying home from work, or when they don’t get to go visit granny in her care facility like they would normally do, their fear can be just as real and just as big as anything that might face an adult. These are confusing times for a child, and they need their parents or grandparents or other grown-ups to help them to understand that even when the world seems like it is falling apart, the Lord is still in control, and is still protecting them from all evil. Here is a simple presentation of the gospel that might help you as you talk to your little one about the coronavirus, its impact on our society, and how we respond to it as Christians.

A long time ago in a far-off country, there lived a good King. This King had two subjects, a man and a woman who were husband and wife. Continue reading