Offended

Last time, I ended with a couple of questions to ponder relating to offense and provocation and then presented a passage of Scripture for our mutual consideration. The second question... Read More »

Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (one)

Brief Outline Introduction: The world of violence and injustice that faces the prophet is all too familiar to people of all generations, locations, and tribes. News of wars,... Read More »

Job’s Journey

Brief Outline: Introduction If you come to the book of Job hoping to find the final answer to the age-old issue of human suffering, then you will probably be disappointed. As we read... Read More »
(Part 4) Walking Slowly

(Part 4) Walking Slowly

Six years ago next month, Caleb, who is now eleven, left Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. And it has been nearly 4 years since his release from all medical care related to his... Read More »
(Part 3) Walking Slowly

(Part 3) Walking Slowly

One of the biggest mistakes that we pastors can make when dealing with people experiencing great loss and pain is to say too much. I have found that most of the time people don’t... Read More »
(Part 2) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

(Part 2) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

When our circumstances feel overwhelming, how are we to respond? Out of any number of possibilities, we will focus on two—one today and one next time—both from the experience of... Read More »
Adversity

Adversity

Warm-up: Mark 10:17–31 Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters... Read More »
Too Good to be True?

Too Good to be True?

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6a) Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness... Read More »
Simeon’s Farewell

Simeon’s Farewell

Let the Infant, the still unspeaking and unspoken Word, Grant Israel’s consolation To one who has eighty years and no tomorrow. —T. S. ELIOT, “A SONG FOR... Read More »
The Surprise of Suffering (Part Three)

The Surprise of Suffering (Part Three)

This week we are looking at 1 Peter 5:9-10 and seeing some surprising things about suffering. Monday we saw the roots of that suffering, and the call to stand in resistance to our... Read More »
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