A good idea for use when socially distanced.

I applaud the churches and individuals who are finding ways to spread the gospel and to continue ministry even when we are unable to meet together in person. Our home church, The Sanctuary UPC in Hazelwood, Missouri, is one of them. Pastor Mitchell Bland continues to deliver inspiring and helpful Bible studies and sermons and to stay in touch with us by means of today’s technology. Susan and I worship and pray at home with our pastor and those who are helping him produce online services.

Today I received an email from WP Beginner, a company that produces helpful publications for those who are beginning bloggers. The email included the following statements. I have not checked them thoroughly for historical accuracy, but they may open our minds to additional things we can do to minister to people we may never meet in person.

In 1665 when Cambridge University closed for a year because of the Great Plague of London, a young scholar named Isaac Newton was sent home.

While at home, he discovered Calculus and refined the ideas that later became his theory of gravity.

In 1606, Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, King Lear, and Anthony and Cleopatra while quarantined at home.

If you are interested in writing or communicating in some other way, I encourage you to consider blogging. You can do it free. I use Word Press, and I do pay a fee for advanced service like avoiding advertising. But I also post videos of classes I have taught, readings that can be used as devotionals, and even videos playing the piano while Susan, my wife, serves as the videographer!

Think about the ways you could reach out with the good news of the gospel!


Daily Wisdom 11

If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, Let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; And whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, We shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; Let us all have one purse” (Proverbs 1:11-14).

The mob spirit is dangerous. People often do things as part of a larger group they would never do individually. The underlying humanistic philosophy is that the majority determines what is right and wrong. But this is determined only by God. Whether one person or all people oppose Him, God is still true and the opposition is lying.

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil (Exodus 23:2).

God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar (Romans 3:4).