Stories of nuclear threats, oppression of refugees, and the racist, evil actions of the white supremacist “alt-right” in Charlottesville confront us with the fact that there is evil in the world and humans are often the perpetrators of it. What kind of world do we live in? Where is God in it? What are we […]Read more "When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Evil (Charlottesville Response)"
When the world falls apart for Job, Job’s friends come to help him. Okay, they really do. “They sat with Job on the ground seven days and seven nights, not speaking a word to him, for they saw that he was in excruciating pain.” Job 2:13 But then they help him. They regurgitate platitudes and rigid religion to Job […]Read more "When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Shrinking Before the Mystery"
Job is one of the most confounding stories you will ever read. It’s the story about the suffering of a man who is, by reliable sources (God, for one), a righteous man. First, Job loses essentially everything by violence and natural disaster. And then, Job himself is afflicted with a terrible skin condition. Though Job […]Read more "When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Lament"