Tag: coronavirus

Letter to a Christian Protester

Dear Brutus, You have written to me asking my opinion on the recent protests and acts of civil disobedience in your community. Although our national politics would probably be much healthier on the whole if we each confined ourselves to...

/ October 12, 2020

To Mask or Not to Mask? Lessons from the 16th Century

Here in my native Virginia, our governor issued an executive order effective May 29, requiring the wearing of masks in any public indoor setting, including church services. My own congregation, and most that I am acquainted with, cheerfully complied, but...

/ June 20, 2020

“Great Danger of Fatal Extremes”: Hamilton on Revolutionary Excess

One of the defining features of political conservatism is a fierce commitment to the principle that the ends do not justify the means. Whenever there is popular anger at some injustice, real or imagined, the advocates of change will try...

/ June 3, 2020

How (Not) to Navigate Coronavirus Conflicts in the Church

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked plenty of havoc on healthcare systems and economies around the globe, but what keeps me up at night is worries about what it might do to the church. Weeks of missed worship services, of course,...

/ May 19, 2020

Coronavirus and The Myopia of American Exceptionalism

On March 4, as Covid-19 was spreading rapidly through parts of the US, but remained almost untraceable for lack of testing kits, a friend of mine texted me somberly, “this has made me soberly reflect on the fact that for...

/ May 14, 2020