Tag Archives | Suffering

Preaching the Cross to Wounded People – Christian Today article

Jesus experienced severe, physical pain. It’s easy to gloss over this, but no other religion has a god who suffers physically. Indeed, that would be a picture of weakness, not power – why would anyone want to worship a suffering God?

Well, I would.

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Jenny Rowbory – Suffering and the Vulnerability of God

When Jenny Rowbory talks about suffering, I listen. Jenny has walked with God many years through unbearable pain, and I deeply respect her theology. So I’m absolutely overjoyed to have her permission to share with you her words on suffering and the vulnerability of God, which I’ve arranged in an interview style – please read, absorb and share widely.

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The Good Bad Friday

Before Sunday comes, in the mystery of suffering, in faith, we call it Good Friday, when it still looks like Bad Friday. In this upside-down kingdom of God, we say that the poor and weak are blessed above others, and even this needless, horrifying suffering has worth in itself, it carries hope.

If suffering has stolen your joy and you can no longer stretch to resurrection and Sunday blessings, I dare to prophesy to you: it is still a Good Friday, and God is there with you.

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On Overcoming and Chronic Illness

It’s not a battle: it’s losing your foothold and swirling beneath the waves. You cannot overcome when the hard times come; you are overcome.

This is our reality. But it is not the only story.

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Cure vs Healing – the Mudroom

So often as Christians we want to run in with a cure – for sick people, and the world at large – but we are called to the slower work of healing.

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Sympathy, Empathy, Solidarity – What Helps When You Hurt (She Loves Magazine)

We looked at each other, and we just knew. She told me about her child’s cancer diagnosis, and I told her about my weakening legs.

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Did God or Satan cause Job’s suffering? and other questions – Exeter Church Live Q and A

A month ago I ‘spoke’ at a church in Exeter via a pre-recorded video interview. After they saw it, I called in and we had twenty minutes of Live Q&A via phone. There were some excellent questions, which I tried to do justice to in my answers. Here’s the audio and the transcript.

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Video – Interview – Exeter

The church brought a camera to my house, an hour away from their church, and asked me lots of questions about my experience and theology. They played this 38 minute video interview to 200 people gathered there,

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