I find it both settling and faith-building to seek answers to important questions. That’s how I became a follower of Jesus–God answered my deepest questions about life and meaning.

Looking for perspective on vital questions continues to be a “peacemaker” in my heart and mind.

I believe many people are seeking answers to our global situation involving the coronavirus. Today I will give my best shot.

Why the pandemic?

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From the 1790’s to the 1850’s, camp-meeting revivals sprang up in Kentucky, Tennessee and other places in the newly formed United States of America. These gatherings brought thousands of people together to pray, worship, and hear passionate sermons–often delivered by itinerant pastors atop tree stumps.

What historians would later call the “Second Great Awakening” saw great demonstrations of emotion and religious fervor as thousands co-mingled in the teeming fields of faith. My home church (the Restoration Movement) which was born during those days.

That revival was loud and demonstrable.

Today, another spiritual renewal is visiting America and the world–because of a virus. It’s different than the camp-meeting variety.

Let’s call it the Quiet Revival.

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