Standing in the Gap

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30, NIV).

The phrase “standing in the gap” is often tossed around in Christian circles and, at least anecdotally, extended as an invitation to that gathered body of believers. Would one of us step up and answer God’s call to stand with Him for truth and grace and against sin? In the contexts I’ve encountered these words—calls to missions, to advocacy efforts or to local service—that which we are purporting to stand in the gap against was external to us. That is, we stand in the gap against false teachings, against complacency, against a world where people continue to live in darkness.

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Christian Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for a Pandemic

Navigating the moral challenges that accompany a pandemic requires more than just knowledge; it requires wisdom. For Christians, Scripture describes a kind of wisdom that is both practical and gospel-centered, one that entails humility and a posture of listening to God.

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When God Says “No” to a Miracle

Evans had contracted COVID-19 in early February 2021. He was 53 years old and, generally speaking, pretty healthy save for being somewhat overweight. He’d gotten progressively worse, then been placed on a ventilator, then developed numerous particularly devastating complications. I met him about a month after he first came to the hospital after getting a “STAT” page from the ICU doctors that Evans was suddenly doing even worse. When I walked into his room, it was clear his life hung in the balance, thinly suspended by mechanized life support and the bit of will he had left.

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