Learning in the Time of Coronavirus
Regardless of how your time has shifted, it is important to walk into this season with a good theology of time. Each minute is one that we are at liberty to spend for self or spend for the Kingdom of Christ. Below are some resources you may choose to take advantage of during this season. My hope is that they serve as a source of encouragement during your days ahead and “spur us on toward love and good deed” as we learn more about the King whose kingdom we pray will come soon.
– Melissa Davis, Tri-City Learning Deacon
Adult Learning Resources
Go to the Dwell Page and sign up under our church account to get a 60 day free trial. They have pre-made scripture read-aloud plans. The plans range from a few verses that go together each day to examine a biblical theme to “read through the Bible in a year plans.”
Podcasts are wonderful ways to hear what God is teaching other people around the world. They often invite you to think about things you never would have contemplated on your own. Here are some recommendations:
- Knowing Faith from The Village Church
- Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul
- 5 Minutes in Church History
- Risen Motherhood
- Dad Tired
- Persuasion with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson
- Ask Me Anything with J.D. Greear
- The Bible Project
- Help Me Teach the Bible with Nancy Gutherie
- This Cultural Moment with John Mark Comer & Mark Sayers
There are apps you can use to help you memorize passages of Scripture. Bethlehem Baptist has an app called Fighter Verses that parallels their Bible reading/study plan. I prefer the app Verses which allows you to pick any passage of the Bible to memorize and just use their memory testing techniques.
Here are a few relevant articles from the following websites. Search around on the website or follow them on social media. They are able to provide a lot of resources to answer all types of questions regarding Christian life and maturity.
- 12 Songs to Sing During Crisis from The Gospel Coalition
- In Italy, I’ve Rediscovered Three Types of Prayer from Christianity Today
- The Severe Mercy of a Stay at Home Order from The Gospel Coalition
- 20 Prayers to Pray During this Pandemic from Christianity Today
- Come What May: Finding Patience and Joy in a Slow Calamity from Desiring God
- What in the World is God up To? From Lifeway
- Don’t Quarantine The Great Commission from The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
- Coronavirus and Christ from Desiring God
The Chosen: This eight episode, crowd sourced, TV series goes through the early life and ministry of Jesus. The pilot episode is short and family friendly focusing on the Christmas narrative from the perspective of the shepherds. The first season that follows is probably better for ages 13+ and provides a well researched, and well imagined narrative of what Jesus’ gathering of his disciples might have been like.
Paul, Apostle of Christ: This movie, available through Amazon and other streaming rental services, stars Jim Caviezel as Luke and James Faulkner as the Apostle Paul. It is set in Rome during Paul’s final days in prison and takes the time to imagine what it might have been like if Luke recorded the happenings of the early church while interviewing the imprisoned Paul, thus, creating his famous second letter to Theopholis, the book of Acts.
A Hidden Life: This movie, written by Terrence Malick, tells the story of Austrian Franz Jagerstatter, a conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
Family and Children Resources
In addition to the family devotional that our kids directors put out each week, check out the following:
- Minno: A media platform resembling Netflix but specifically made for Christian families, Minno was designed by the same people who created VeggieTales a few decades previous. Shows like Owlegories, VeggieTales, What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver, and many others are housed here.
- God’s Big Story Podcast: A podcast from The Village Church for kids. In this season the podcast hosts are taking the kids through the book of Luke.
- The Lion of Judah: From the creators of The Star, follow the adventures of a lamb named Judah who is headed to the Temple for Passover on a mission to save people.
- Audible & Hoopla both offer free kids books during this time. Hoopla is run through the Columbus Public libraries and Audible utilizes Amazon accounts.
- Lauren Chandler reading her children’s book, Goodbye to Goodbyes
- Ellie Holcomb’s “Don’t Forget to Remember” kids EP and book pairing.
Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga series for young adult readers: Join Janner Igiby and his two younger siblings as these three gifted and well loved children seek to survive the evil that pursues them.
- Read C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia as a family and discuss how it points toward the gospel (see possible conversation starters here)
- Read an illustrated version of Pilgrim’s Progress or read Little Pilgrim’s Progress together.
- Use Kids Read Truth devotional cards or workbooks for family devotions.