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Spurgeon and Suffering

Aug 3, 2018

Did you know that one of the greatest, most loved, and most influential preachers of all times not only suffered greatly in the flesh, but in spirit as well? His physical ailments were outdone by mental and emotional ailments such

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Suffering as Divine Discipline

Feb 18, 2018

Suffering is a universal phenomenon. We all suffer in various ways, and we all have questions as to why we do. Like Job of old, we may have plenty of questions about suffering, but we may not always get the

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Three Cheers For Lament

Jan 28, 2018

One might argue that only a morose and maudlin melancholic or a moody misanthrope would dare to write such a piece (let alone offer such poor alliteration). OK, I confess, I am not exactly Mr Joe Bubbly. But one need

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Tears in Heaven

Nov 1, 2017

Life in this world is filled with tears. And if this life was all there was, then this would be terribly tragic indeed. But the Christian believes there is much more than this life, and that one day all tears

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On the Las Vegas Shooting

Oct 3, 2017

In one sense there is nothing to say here – certainly nothing really new or insightful or all that helpful. The best thing is to keep praying for everyone involved. So that at least I can encourage all of you

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Hurricane Irma: God and Natural Disasters

Sep 10, 2017

With North America at least very much conscious of natural disasters at the moment, old questions tend to resurface. With a number of massive hurricanes bearing down on America’s southeast, and the biggest earthquake to recently pound Mexico, many people

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Two Questions about God and Evil

Jun 10, 2017

God, and evil, are two of the biggest issues one can possibly discuss. And when they are brought together this is not something any short article can do proper justice to – not when entire libraries are filled with books

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Evil, and Humanity Without God

Jun 5, 2017

The latest Islamic terror attack – this time at London Bridge – has in one sense sort of dampened what I was going to say here. But I will say it anyway. In the face of such blatant evil, it

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Our Wounded God

Apr 21, 2017

There is only one religion in the world in which it makes sense to speak of a wounded God. And even more unique, this was a case of self-wounding. What religion would ever dare to speak this way? Just one:

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God, Evil, Suffering and Justice

Apr 7, 2017

The recent Syrian gas attack has again raised numerous questions. One question I will simply mention here but not deal with is whether in fact Assad was behind it. But that is not my focus here, so we will leave

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On an Interventionist God

Jan 24, 2017

It is as regular as clockwork: whenever tragedy strikes the atheists and God-haters come out in force, attacking believers, taking cheap shots, and making smart-alec remarks, as if they are somehow on the high moral and intellectual ground.

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Can God Do Anything?

Jan 15, 2017

When discussing any topic about God we are of course greatly limited in our understanding. He is infinite and we are not. He is perfect and we are not. The good news is that God has revealed himself to us

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How is Your Hardship List?

Dec 10, 2016

Your what? OK, let me explain. If one reads through the 13 epistles of Paul in the New Testament, one will often find Paul presenting a list of the many hardships he has had to endure for the sake of

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With Christ in the School of Suffering

Oct 4, 2016

Most folks are not thrilled about suffering, and rightly so. But Christians view suffering in a much different light than most. While we are not told to seek out suffering, it has a redemptive and faith-building role to play. Scripture

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