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How Long O Lord?

Oct 3, 2020

In dark times we are right to ask God when he will intervene and bring forth justice:

We have all asked the question “How long?” Kids impatiently ask on a journey, “How long before we get there?” We ask how

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Disease, Disaster, Evil and Worldviews

Aug 10, 2020

One’s worldview determines how we approach things like the corona crisis:

Two nights ago on television there was a replay of the 1996 film Independence Day. You know the story: a bunch of nasty aliens come to earth levelling

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Yes, Seek Justice and Vindication

Aug 4, 2020

Christians should pray the imprecatory psalms:

While divine justice will fully and finally be meted out in the next life, Christians can and should seek to see justice carried out in the here and now. Indeed, that is what I

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Suffering and Worldviews

Jul 3, 2020

Christians should have a far different response to suffering than atheists:

Can one accept the reality of God and of suffering, and not have a fundamental contradiction? For thousands of years philosophers and theologians have argued that we can indeed

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Elisabeth Elliot on Suffering

Jun 30, 2020

We all can learn so much from the life and writings of Elisabeth Elliot:

Many of you know about the remarkable American Christian missionary and author Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015). What she went through has more than qualified her to

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Divine Hiddenness: On God’s Silence

Mar 28, 2019

Many believers throughout the ages have experienced what appears to be the silence, absence, distance, hiddenness, or unresponsiveness of God. Prayers seem to be unanswered, God seems to be nowhere near, and we can have a sense of divine abandonment,

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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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