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Dismissing Pain

“Well, it’s part of God’s plan.”

And so the Christian negates the problematic tragedy of pain. Your very real and perplexing struggle boxed up and dismissed in one statement that so many of us, as Christ-followers, roll off our tongue as if it’ll make everything alright. 627 more words


Animal Pain

I am extremely sensitive to the startling brutality of Nature and animal pain. Let me share an experience with you.

When I was younger I was outside on my porch reading and looked down and saw a baby bird, about half the size of my palm and frail as could be. 1,364 more words

CS Lewis

The Master's Theodicy

I take MacDonald’s theodicy to be spelled out most clearly and shortly at the end of his last book, Salted with Fire (in fact in the last paragraph), though you can find the same elements latent in several other things he wrote. 611 more words

CS Lewis

Turning Finite Creatures (with Free Wills) Into Gods

Yes, my last letter was one-sidedly practical. I want now to unpack more of the intellectual solution to the problem. You said, in very Pauline fashion, “is it really so hard to believe that  the travail of all creation which God himself descended to share, at its most intense, may be necessary in the process of turning finite creatures (with free wills) into – well, into Gods…” 1,693 more words

CS Lewis

July 21: A Crisis Prayer God Didn’t Forget

Read: Isaiah 49:15; Luke 12:6-7

God used two things to make me passionate about a ministry in crisis response. The first was studying crisis throughout the pages of Scripture, which has provided most of the source material for these devotionals. 397 more words


July 20: The Strategic Place of Prayer in Crisis

Read: Psalm 22:5-21; Matthew 26:39; James 5:13

Whatever you may think of the movie “The Crucifixion of the Christ” (Mel Gibson),  I think the scene at the foot of the cross got a lot right. 419 more words


July 19: The Uncomfortable Truth About Trouble: God is Complicit!

Read: Genesis 37:26-28 & Genesis 45:4-5; Job 2:1-8; II Corinthians 12:7-10; I Cor. 2:7-8

This is our second day of venturing out into uncomfortable waters concerning the connection between God and trouble. 395 more words