Compassion in Affliction (Psalm 12)

It is probably fair to say that the professing Christian world is not renowned for its unity. While there is objective unity in the Spirit, division is frequently the hallmark of the Christian church in practice. Divisions have perhaps only intensified over the last…

The Problem of Evil (Psalm 10)

The problem of evil is a formal category in classical philosophy. The question seeks to reconcile the reality of evil and suffering with the existence of an omnipotent, omnibenevolent, and omniscient God. The Bible claims the existence of a God who is all-powerful, all-loving,…

Reality Check (Psalm 9)

We live in an age in which an arguably small but very vocal minority strongly push a humanistic worldview that seeks to sideline God, religion, and anything supernatural. French biologist Jacques Monod describes man’s quest for meaning as an “age old dream” and says…

The seven sayings: Suffering

A recent CNN news clip showed reporter Gary Tuchman outside an Ohio megachurch, where vehicles were streaming out of the parking lot. One woman stopped her car and rolled down her window to speak to him. “Can I ask you about your decision to…

I’d be less

I recently read the autobiography of Andre Agassi, an American tennis player whose profession career spanned twenty years (1986–2006) and whose unorthodox apparel and attitude is widely credited with helping to revive the popularity of the sport by which he made his living. Agassi’s…

The robust theology of lament

Erik “Ordinary Pastor” Raymond recently published a blog post titled “Can Your Theology Handle the book of Lamentations?” In it, he argues that far too many professing Christians “ignore this God who judges” because “it is much easier for him to be, well, nice.”…

Review: The Hardest Peace

Recently, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with brain cancer, announced that she had scheduled her death for 1 November. Maynard, a volunteer advocate for Compassion and Choices, had been given six months to live, and came to the conclusion that any treatment would ultimately prove…