Suffering and Grace

34 posts

Good Grief

Faith plays a major role in grief of any kind. But not in the way some people think. They often seem to have the idea that a person with strong faith does not grieve and is above this sort of thing. Moreover, these people imply that religious faith advocates stoicism. They might even quote the two word from Scripture, “Grieve not!” They forget to quote the rest of the phrase in which these two words […]

SBL Paper: Recovery and Restoration Through Scripture (images)

This is the paper I presented to the Chronicle-Ezra-Nehemiah and Exile combined session. I was invited to speak about how the destruction and restoration of Jerusalem can be understood through the waters of Katrina. I have images that go with this (see a few images from Katrina at my flickr account) that I will post eventually and I recored the audio as well and I hope to have that up later as well. Restoration and […]

Run Away! (From Atonement?)

That is what I always thing of when I hear the word “retreat.” I helped out (last minute addition) with a teen retreat in Central PA. The area was gorgeous and it was a lot of fun. Sharing a cabin with 8 barely pubescent boys, however, never gets better. The title of the post also refers to a tendency among many mainline ministers to run away from the theology of Jesus’ death as an atoning […]

Reflecting on Suffering

This evening I was at an event where the Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, the Right Reverend Wolf spoke. She recalled her time spent living in homeless shelters as a homeless person (this was during her sabbatical and she readily admits that the fact that she always had a home to go to made a great difference in her experience from those she was with). Bishop Wolf compared her time with the experiences that those […]