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The Coronavirus Discussion

March 18th, 2020 | 2 min read

By Caleb Wait

Matt, Derek, and Alastair sit down to discuss COVID-19 and how the church can respond to the current global pandemic. How should the church gather, is this some kind of act of judgment, and what practical habits are helpful to implement into our lives at the moment? All of this and more.

Resources mentioned:

Matt's article in Christianity Today: "On Living in a Pandemic Age:
Augustine, C. S. Lewis, and the perfection of fear"

Alastair's "Coronavirus and the Daily Office"


Should churches still gather during this pandemic? [0:00 - 4:10]

Is it wrong to be slightly happy that this has cleared our schedules and allowed us to stay home? [4:10 - 6:20]

Should churches still gather via small groups? [6:20 - 16:40]

How do we weigh the value of taking communion as the people of God? [16:40 - 23:40]

The consequences of social isolation [23:40 - 28:23]

How do we respond to people in the church who call this an act of divine “judgment” [28:23 - 40:30]

What are the practical things you have implemented during social isolation? [40:30 - 48:01]


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Finally, as always, follow DerekAndrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy Motte for his sound editing work. And thanks to The Joy Eternal for lending us their music, which everybody should download out of gratitude for their kindness.

Caleb Wait

Caleb Wait (MATS, Westminster Seminary California) is a writer and the producer of Mere Fidelity. He and his wife Kristin have two children and live in Northern California. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait and he invites you to email him at