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Results for Suffering

Why God Is Sending Christians Straight to Hell
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

So much of Christianity has become about avoiding hell. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a hospital chaplain, it’s that God is sending Christians straight to hell. So muc ...

Who Do You Say I Am?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A AS A NATIVE KOREAN who has studied and taugh ...

What's So Good About Suffering?
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I’m confronted by Scripture that reminds me that suffering will be part of our lives. And I’m confronted by the tendency — which I am sure that I share with many of my sisters and brothers — to ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

To the Women of Syria
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I wish I could end the war ravaging your country. I wish I could sit beside you on a cushion on ...

Christian Suffering in a World of Suffering
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

It seems that from a Christian perspective, suffering is to be expected and just part of the deal of Christian membership — a real scriptural blow to prosperity gospels! ...

Bleeding Joyfully
Originally Posted: 04/18/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

I admire those who learn not only to accept the blood-stained moments, but to embrace them. They develop a capacity to see beyond the momentary hurt. They recognize that bleeding is part of the grand process o ...

What Gethsemane Teaches Us about Suffering
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus utters his agonizing prayer, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” ...

Telling a Resurrection Story
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A THERE IS NO controlling a story once it’s ...

Kenneth Bae's 500th Day: Life’s Cycle of Fear, Pain, and Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Today marks Korean-American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae’s 500th day in a North Korean prison. ... Bae is a reminder to all of us that Korea remains divided. Brothers and sisters are separated and friends ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

Look at the Picture
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Last week amid the closing of the Olympics, the national debt, and the latest pop culture ‘news,’ this photo was published that encapsulates the volume of pain and suffering that is happening in Syria. ...

Those Who Know Where Pain Lives: A Treatise on Presence
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

What about the God who seems to be known by God’s absence as much as by God’s presence? What happens when we don't feel God’s proximity uninterrupted? Last year, I wrote ...

VIDEO: A Soldier of Conscience
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Joshua Casteel served as an interrogator in Iraq. Then an encounter with a Jihadist challenged him to truly live out his fait ...

Cowboys, Indians, and Reconciliation?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Herald Press ...

The Beginning of the End of War
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Margaret Alvarado Joshua Casteel was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison and later staffed open-air burn pits in Iraq. The experien ...

Finding God in the Trials of Job
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

The world of Christian theology has seen its fair share of writings that address horrible suffering and the confusion about God’s character that it causes. The biblical character of Job shows us how, as believ ...

Catholic Bishops Challenged to Adapt to Pope Francis’ Priorities
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. Catholic bishops began their annual fall meeting on Monday, they were directly challenged by Pope Francis’ personal representative to be pastors and not ideologues — the first step of what could be ...

Digging
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra ...

On Scripture: Hearing Job — Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

For those of us not currently in the midst of healing from such suffering, maybe Job challenges us not only to allow space for the suffering in our communities, but also to advocate on their behalf. ...

Toward Life Abundant
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. Fortress Press. CYNTHIA MOE- ...

Gaza: The Persistent Paradox
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich. IN "SILENCE FOR G ...

Mother Searches for God’s Purpose in the Midst of Grief
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. She closed her eyes, curled her knees into her ...

Too Happy?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Bobby McFerrin's "don't worry" optimism sets up some serious cognitive dissonance with the spirit ...

Memorial Day: From Suffering to Hope
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Memorial Day reminds us of the men and women who have died for our country, but also the Savior who died on the cross. We recall their deaths with gratitude, because they continue to move us from suffering to ...

The Real Message of Easter
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C HOW SHALL WE engage with scripture thro ...

The Scales of Rejoicing
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C "THIS IS THE LORD'S DOING; it is marv ...

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Bathanti Hemorrhaging from the concertina / crown, brass knuckles, scourging, cigarette burns, / lurching the last meter of Golgot ...

Assassins and Psychopaths
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Three of the best films of the year: Samsara, Looper, and Seven Psychopaths. THREE OF THE best ...

A World Without Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B IT WOULD BE strange if any segment of the litur ...

Exodus from Violence
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Preaching the Word

Exodus 3:1-15 Jim Douglass Douglass is troubled by the implication in Exo ...

Sin and Chewing Gum
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

What drives so many people to atheism is not selfishness or hedonism, but the experience of abandonment in the face of suffering, grief, and injustice. Yesterday, I was walking th ...

Activism, Slacktivism or Distractivism?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

I struggle to know how much is enough. I hear about Joseph Kony and the many children he’s exploited as child soldiers. I get angry, discouraged. I write about it, talk to friends about it. And then my life ke ...

God's Passionate Vulnerability
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B One of the drawbacks intrinsic to liturgical wo ...

From the Archives: May 1980
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Archbishop Oscar Romero A Pastor's Last Sermon Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we ar ...

Childless Woman: 'I Wanted That Suffering'
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

I was pretty sure my parents were insane when I was a kid. It never made any sense to me when they’d talk about how they’d rather have something bad happen to them instead of to me. ...

What’s So Good About Good Friday?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It turns out that, although plenty of folks have their own explanations, nobody actually knows why we call it Good Friday. I think the Germans are spot-on by calling it Karfreitag, which means “Suffering Frida ...

Take Up Your Towel and Follow Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

Jesus healed and he taught and he called for others to follow him, yet the suffering still was all around. Some part of his humanity must have wanted to take up a sword and fight it. Yet he knew that violence ...

These Dry Bones
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

I stood in the middle of a valley. Hot wind whipped the sand at my feet. Dry bones, bleached by the sun covered the valley floor. Son of man, God said, can these bones live? It ...

The Pain of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

When people commit an offense against us, our natural inclination is to commit an offense against them. Not just any offense, but an offense that is bigger, badder, and one that hurts far more. We call this re ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...

NEWS: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices A year ago, N ...

Lord, Have Mercy: Suicide Bomber Kills 75 in Somalia
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:02am | Type: Blog

A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad. This just in from A ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Study: 3 in 5 of Iraq's 1.5M Widows Lost Husbands Since 2003 U.S. Invasion
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A study released this week by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion ...

Hearing Voices
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon Oral history: Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, in their own words. Although huma ...

Going with Your Gut
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Laurel Rae Mathewson I often "miscue" in reading the story of the Good Samaritan. I often “miscue” i ...