Category: Suffering

The scope and nature of suffering in ‘Lion’ and life

Recently, I finally got around to watching Lion, the Oscar-nominated film based on the true story of Saroo Brierley who, as a five-year-old boy, is accidentally separated from his older brother while scavenging in trains in India. After falling asleep on a bench at one of the stations, Saroo (played by Sunny Pawar) boards another train hoping to find his brother but ends up 1600 kilometers

You Don’t Know Me

He sits over in the corner of the little restaurant on the #3 highway that a friend and I sometimes meet at to talk about God, life, pastoring. He is wet and dirty, just like the weather outside, a ball cap pulled down over long black hair, a wispy moustache straining and stretching over snarling lips. […]

Classical Theism’s Unnecessary Paradoxes

The traditional view of God that is embraced by most—what is called “classical theology”—works from the assumption that God’s essential divine nature is atemporal, immutable, and impassible. The Church Fathers fought to articulate and defend the absolute distinction between the Creator and creation and they did this—in a variety of ways—by defining God’s eternal nature over-and-against the creation. Thus they embraced a conception of God’s being in his transcendent nature that contrasted with God’s accommodating activity with his people. God’s essential eternal nature was defined over-and-against God’s ultimate accommodation in the Incarnation and Crucifixion of Christ. [...] The post Classical Theism’s Unnecessary Paradoxes appeared first on Greg Boyd - ReKnew.

Cross My Heart

“I have a complaint to make.” The comment was made by a member of our church who periodically drops in on me Tuesday mornings. The twinkle in his eye and the grin on his face signaled that this “complaint” was more of an observation or a conversation starter than an actual grievance.  […]

MJ Sharp: An Inspiring Man Who Gave Himself for the Lives of Others. His Life Points Us to Jesus.

A few days ago the world received the news that a Mennonite Christian peacebuilder named Michael “MJ” Sharp was killed while working for peace with the local church and the United Nations in the Congo. […] The post MJ Sharp: An Inspiring Man Who Gave Himself for the Lives of Others. His Life Points Us to Jesus. appeared first on Christian Peacebuilding.

God’s Maniac

You have to have a special access code to get into the dementia ward. The doors must remain locked at all times. Safety, etc. I never remember what the code is so I have to wait for the attendant to let me in. She doesn’t look very happy with me. The room is smaller than I […]

“Christ Did Not Die for the Good and Beautiful”

I finally got a chance to see Martin Scorcese’s Silence over the weekend. The film arrived late in our town, and even then only in the second-run theatre (I imagine its themes were probably deemed “too religious,” and therefore not profitable enough for mass consumption). The film is, of course, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1969 novel by the same name, and is set in the context of the 17th century persecution of Japanese Christians by the Inquisitor Inoue. It is a masterfully made film based on a beautifully written novel that asks hard questions about the nature of martyrdom and faith and fidelity and suffering, and, of course, about the silence of God. […]

NO!

"NO! I don't wanna go to the doctor!  I wanna watch Dora!" "Just let me sleep in, dad.  I don't want to go to school." "Don't take away the Wifi!  I can do the stupid dishes later! Stop!" "Why shouldn't I have a car?  I'm 16 and I've passed my driver's exam.  I'm old enough." "You never understood me!" "I hate you.  I HATE YOU!" And the parent waits, patiently.  She waits expectantly.

The Sort to Smile

A breeze was entering the room through the window and rushing about inside, giving small notice here and there. William would have smiled then, had he been the sort to smile. One envies such types—who do not smile. The rest of us go around like fools, and these few maintain such dignity. — Jesse Ball, The Curfew […]
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