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The Book of Sarah: On Eczema and Existential Despair

When God Doesn’t Explain Our Suffering

When Your Friends Are the Devil

Do you ever dread meeting with a friend? Do you involuntarily find yourself imagining the ways this is going to go all wrong? Do you feel a knot in your guts when you receive a text message asking to “connect” later (why that word?) and zero elaboration is given? You feel the foreboding circulate through […]

Five Golden…Themes! What We Loved Talking About in 2016

In lieu of a weekender, today we give you something of a year-ender, 2016’s five golden (or not so golden)…themes. By all means, tell us in the comments what themes you spied in the headlines throughout the past year. 1. Donald Trump. It goes without saying, but nothing frenzied the network television companies and newspaper writers […]

Religious Experts vs. the Cross: On Reading the Book of Job

In the first chapter of The Crucifixion, Fleming Rutledge explains that modern Christianity shares the same widespread rival as early Christianity: gnosticism. She doesn’t mince words bringing the dusty historical term back down to the ground: “All the various forms of gnosticism are grounded in the belief that privileged spiritual knowledge is the way of […]

The Prosperous Gospel of Stage 4 Cancer

In church yesterday, we read the “Temptation in the Wilderness,” the passage where Jesus is tempted to turn stones to bread, to throw himself down from the Temple in a spectacle, to kneel to the devil in exchange for infinite power. Jesus has fasted forty days, but he does not waver. The sermon at our church focused more on the […]

Willem Dafoe Plays Eliphaz (in The Fault in Our Stars)

Disguised as a chick flick, The Fault in Our Stars has wooed floods of teen-aged viewers while simultaneously offering a startling commentary on life and death. Sure, it’s a familiar plot (cancer-stricken teens fall in love) and an even more familiar theme (inexplicable suffering), but The Fault in Our Stars strikes up a whirlwind of […]

“More Comfortable with Death”: J.C. Chandor on the Making of All Is Lost

An interesting interview with the writer and director of the new, verbally-spare shipwreck film, All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford. Chandor, whose first film happened to be 2011’s Margin Call, that I now feel I need to see, talks about the Everyman who Redford portrays, a man thrown into an awareness of his own finitude […]

Two Words in Job

Yesterday, while preparing for a sermon, I came across a beautiful description of both Law and Gospel in the Old Testament that I’d never noticed before. Job 33.14-28: For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber […]

Hopelessly Devoted: Job Chapter Twelve Verses Nine and Ten

This morning’s devotion, which brings near the heart of doubt in the places of suffering, comes from Sean Norris. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?  In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. My wife laid on […]