This week I continued my “With-God Life” series of lectionary devotions (from John 9 to John 11, with psalms, apocalypses, and more in between) and recorded a podcast about teaching sports when COVID-19 has shut down sports. Over at The Anxious Bench, I recommended some virtual field trips for home-bound kids and considered the significance of history during a pandemic.
• One value of historical study right now is that it can suggest helpful analogies. For example, what lessons can we learn from a plague-stricken village in 17th century England, or from the national sacrifices of Americans during World War II?
• At the moment it can feel hard enough to contemplate the problems of one universe. But if you need some diversion, you could always ruminate about the theological implications of a multiverse.
• Or you could use this as a moment to “return to the ABCs of inner, contemplative work that softens the anxiety of the time.”
• And while you’re at it, catch up on reading. Maybe peruse the 1.4 million books now available from the National Emergency Library.
• Christopher Smith suggested that Christians’ “means of connecting and being the church in this tightly restrictive season will undoubtedly shape the future of our faith.”
• What’s it like to be a student or professor called back to campus in the middle of COVID? An investigative reporter went back to the campus of Liberty University.
• If nothing else, a pandemic helps the rest of us better appreciate the work of those in health care — doctors, nurses… but also chaplains.