There is a joke that goes like this. A grizzled old man and a teen were having a conversation. The man said, “You young people today. All of you are ignorant and apathetic. Why is that?” The teen shrugged and responded, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” That was the charge against God by […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Inscrutable God
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4). As a pastor, I have attended the bedside of believers as they passed from this life to the next. There’s something unnerving […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Exploring the Valley of the Shadow of Death
Knowing what to say to someone in grief is invariably a tricky endeavor. We want to express sympathy without sounding cliché, and certainly without saying something insensitive. That challenge rises to another level when it comes to extending comfort to someone who is perhaps religious but not a professed Christian, nor was the one […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on How do we comfort the non-Christian in grief?
Natural catastrophes like the F-5 tornado outside Oklahoma City and human atrocities such as the murder of the British soldier in London or shootings of school children in Connecticut shake us to the core. We reel at the pain and horror of it all. Our hearts break at the suffering shown us by the […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on When Tornadoes Twist Our View of God
I am a big proponent of praying specifically. As a pastor praying for the sheep Christ has entrusted to me, I don’t just pray, “Lord, bless everybody.” No, in the model of the Good Shepherd who knows His Sheep, I pray in keeping with my knowledge of them—their joys, their sorrows, their needs, their […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Pray Unto Others