Lament, questions

The Awful Truth

It's now two and a half weeks since we gave Oscar his frankly horrible send-off, I'm back to work so I've run out of time to write much other than sermons, and yet I'm still grieving, so thanks for continuing to sit here with me for a bit. By this point, I now also have… Continue reading The Awful Truth

Classes, questions

What If God Were Actually There?

Every time I teach SITS, or promote it, for that matter, I talk about "what if God were there, even in the dark times"? Well. What if He were? Does that make the fact that you lived through those times better? Or worse? If He were there, and you still went through it, that must mean He didn't do anything about it, right? Why would you want to find that out? What's more, how could you continue to trust Him if you learned that He was?

OSFGroup Reflections, questions, The Word

All the Other Readings

Oh for goodness' sake. If I can't even keep up with this blog by posting stuff I've already written, there may be no help for me. Here are the rest of the readings and associated thoughts and questions to conclude Part One of When God Is Invisible. 7th Reading - Esther 5 What do you… Continue reading All the Other Readings

OSFGroup Reflections, questions

2nd Reading: Esther 2:1-18

Second OSF post of the exploration study: If you’ve read this story a million times before, it might be so familiar that nothing about it really seems surprising. See if you can read it as if you’re coming to the story for the first time (or maybe you really are!). What kinds of questions does… Continue reading 2nd Reading: Esther 2:1-18

Family, Great Cloud of Witnesses, OSFGroup Reflections, questions

First World … Formation

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you... (1 Peter 4:12) Sometimes, if they seem open to the idea, I suggest to people that God doesn't ask us to go through the sorts of things He wasn't (isn't?) willing to go through Himself. He became a human being for that very purpose. And He… Continue reading First World … Formation

Classes, Great Cloud of Witnesses, Miscellaneous and Probably Apologetic, questions, Uncategorized

The Like of God

I was loved as a child. I know I was fortunate in this, and I think I even knew it then. I was loved by my family, I mean, which I suspect is the main thing, in childhood. I had a little more trouble at school, though, and somewhere along the way I picked up… Continue reading The Like of God