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!