My interview for BBC Radio 4 on the topic of being ‘in the world, but not of the world’, presented by John McCarthy
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I have been interviewed as part of a half-hour program presented by John McCarthy (yes, the John McCarthy who was a journalist in the Lebanon hostage crisis) on being ‘In the world, but not of the world’.
Some tweetable quotes from Nicky Gumbel’s interview with Rick and Kay Warren, on suffering, grief and their son’s suicide. Also Brother Luigi Gioia on prayer.
When we are overwhelmed by the contemplation of our own suffering, when the future looks black, we can know that we have a Saviour who experienced those same feelings. There is no shame in feeling that we just cannot cope. Some things are too big to bear alone.
What do you believe about God and suffering?
I’m answering that exact question today, explaining my ‘theology of suffering’.
We sing our songs, and we think of a gentle mist, but the way that God’s righteousness comes is through a storm, through the sharp smacking of water and air onto a shocked and complacent earth.
I was too ill to speak to anyone, so they could not love through words or presence.
Our church loved us with food and ironed clothes.
Groans preceded Christ’s coming. He was born in pain into a world of pain. And as we wait, groans precede His second coming.