COVID-19 and Easter Sunday


The church, in reflecting on natural disasters, whether a collapsed tower, a bridge that falls, or a virus that spreads across the world tends to inhabit two different mind-sets. On the one hand, there are Christians who emphasize that every day is a fresh gift from God and we have no claim on tomorrow. On the other hand, there are Christians who have emphasized the power of God to protect Christians from harm and to preserve their life in the midst of these kinds of disasters. Dr. Timothy Tennent urges us to strike a balance between these two positions, and to uphold the mystery of biblical providence. He then explains how Good Friday and Easter is God entering into our suffering world and rising with the promise of new creation (see Parts 1 & 2)

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Timothy C. Tennent is the President of Asbury Theological Seminary and a Professor of Global Christianity. His works include Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century and Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology. He blogs at and can be followed on twitter @TimTennent.