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Or, how historical theology brings hope.
Pestilence and Pastoral Ministry (at Gentle Reformation)
Responding to Pandemics: 4 Lessons from Church History (TGC) This has Dionysius and Cyprian, but the other two are Luther and Spurgeon, who are filled out more completely below.
Spurgeon’s Dangerous Mission (Challies) Not specific to plagues, but nevertheless characterizes several instances of ministry in extreme dangers.
Pandemics And Public Worship Throughout History (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship) Twelve instances of plague from the patristic period to the Ebola outbreak to 2015
Luther: Whether One May Flee From A Deadly Plague (The Davenant Institute) A fourteen page pamphlet Luther composed when the Black Plague hit Wittenburg. A magisterial treatment from the magisterial Reformation.
5 Lessons from Spurgeon’s Ministry in a Cholera Outbreak (TGC) Spurgeon’s life is simply amazing.
Francis Grimke sermon: “Some Reflections Growing Out Of The Recent Epidemic Of Influenza That Afflicted Our City” (IX Marks) When the Spanish Flu hit America in the early twentieth century, African American pastor Grimke penned this sermon.
Spurgeon: “What Is God Doing?” (Bethlehem College & Seminary) A sermon from the Prince of preachers on God’s aims in a plague. (Bonus: “Lessons from Spurgeon on the Coronavirus” from Christian Concern
Do you know of other excellent historical theological perspectives on plague and disease? Share them in the comments below.
- The Lorica
- My Enemy Is An Emissary From the Lord
- Staying Afloat: Classical and Christian for Busy Families
- Prayers For the New Year
- Theology as Passion
- Holiness In Christ
- Prepared For A Life That Fits Together: Integration in Classical Christian Education
- Athanasius: Christ Drives Out Fear of Death
- Rutherford’s Catechism – Prolegomena and Theology Proper