Tag Archive: suffering

Salvation

We do a “white elephant” gift exchange at our family Christmas party every year. It’s a lot of fun once the stealing starts. No gift you’ve selected is securely yours until everyone has… Continue reading

Comfort

  If we had a Christmas wish list of the gifts we would like to receive in Christ, it would definitely include freedom from suffering and pain. Wouldn’t that be a knock-down argument… Continue reading

Confident hope

Oh, the frenzy on the Ellen show this time of year. I’ll bet tickets for her 12 Days of Giveaways 2015 are already sold out. You snag one of those and not only… Continue reading

Living without fear

It’s a jungle out there. Life is positively Amazonian . . . a winding, never-ending thicket of dangerous possibilities. Terrorist attacks, neighborhood crime, vehicular accidents, deadly germs, medical mistakes. It’s enough to keep… Continue reading

God? Ummm…yeah. What’s for dinner?

“Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.” (Psalm 96:2) So I’ve changed the focus of my blog. Whereas before I was often taking a stand… Continue reading

Prescription for a sick world

I have lately felt more overwhelmed than usual by all the evil in the world. Murders, rapes, terrorist attacks, mass shootings, tortuous persecution. We see it in the news every day…a sad and… Continue reading

Why doesn’t God do something? Part 3

Yesterday I continued my reasoning through the reality of suffering and the existence of a good, loving, and all-powerful God. You can read Part 1 here. In Part 2, I argued from the… Continue reading

Why doesn’t God do something? Part 2

Yesterday I began an effort to reconcile the reality of suffering with the existence of a good, loving, and all-powerful God. Please read that post before continuing on with me. Both our parenting… Continue reading

Why doesn’t God do something?

“I prayed every night to God, asking him to rescue me from my father’s abuse. Why didn’t he?” A friend’s niece had suffered terribly at the hands of the man whose responsibility was… Continue reading

Life and death…and life

When convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro’s body is cremated or laid to rest, I doubt if anyone will utter those five words heard regularly in every funeral home across the country: “He’s in a… Continue reading

Sin, suffering, and salvation

In struggling to comprehend the reasons why we suffer, why God allows or brings pain into our lives, my thoughts lately have been captured by a new awareness of an age-old reality: we… Continue reading

The evil and the good

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many are making the distinction between the perpetrators of the murderous mayhem and those who rushed in to help the victims, with the intent to demonstrate… Continue reading

The blind and the seeing

Atheists have a lot of objections to what is claimed about God in the Bible. But as I dialogue with them, it’s often unclear to me whether they believe their objections amount to… Continue reading

The persistent problem of pain

Have you ever wondered if God is an egomaniac? When you hear or read a passage in the Bible about God doing things for his glory and praise, do you think, Really? Is… Continue reading

Sayonara, or Welcome home?

If you’re a believer like me, you probably know there are folks out there who think you’re nuts. They can’t understand how any reasonably intelligent human being can look at all the pain… Continue reading