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The Overwhelming, Mysterious, Multi-dimensional Glory of God’s Goodness

The Overwhelming, Mysterious, Multi-dimensional Glory of God’s Goodness

I don’t know how to speak this well enough. It would take a poet. God is good, and his way is good. It’s very good. It’s rich, it’s beautiful, it’s mulit-dimensional, it’s mysterious where it ought to be, and it’s plain where it should be. It’s dizzyingly satisfying. It’s glorious. It’s right. I don’t know how to say that well enough, partly because there’s an aspect in it of “you had to be there.” You could go there, actually, because…

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Does God Care, Even When We’re Suffering?

Does God Care, Even When We’re Suffering?

We’ve been looking at the question, does God care? The apostle Paul looked at it, too, in the fifth chapter of Romans. He was faced with an apparent contradiction, you see. In chapter previous chapters he had explained that we’re all caught in rebellion against God, but that God had provided a way to make us right (justify) us with him through faith in Christ. Romans 5:1-2 summarizes it: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace…

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Does God Care? He Proved It!

Does God Care? He Proved It!

I said the other day that God cares by giving us strength when we need it. Sometimes, though, I wonder why he has to do things the hard way. I’ve been dealing with a foot injury for three-and-a-half years now. Through most of that time, except for the weeks immediately following my three surgeries, the expectation has been that I’ve been somewhere in the range of three to eight weeks from a near-complete recovery. So in addition to a sore…

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Does God Care? Yes!

Does God Care? Yes!

I was going to follow up my post on Does God Care? yesterday, but at 3 am my chronically-injured left foot invented a creative new way to hurt, and I didn’t get any more sleep than night. Yesterday was a very tired day for me. Still I made progress on a couple important projects, and I spent time with family members and a friend who’s going through struggles of his own. My friend’s perspective was telling: “These are first-world problems. I’m not in…

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Does God Care?

Does God Care?

I was with a small group of Ratio Christi leaders the other day, talking about the problem of pain and suffering. It wasn’t just on a philosophical level, such as, “How could an all-good, all-powerful God exist when there’s pain and suffering in the world?” It was about the other kind of pain and suffering question: “Does God care? And how am I going to keep going?” It wasn’t just theoretical, either. It was about my life, and my family’s. We’ve been through…

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Growth in Being and In Power—In Jesus Christ

Growth in Being and In Power—In Jesus Christ

I've been reading David Bentley Hart's The Experience of God. I would recommend Hart to atheists the way I would recommend Hitchens to theists: both are (or were, sadly, in Hitchens' case) among the finest fitters of words in the contemporary literature concerning God. There is of course an enormous difference between the two authors, and thus in the way I would recommend them. They both know how to say things well, but Hart has the overwhelming advantage over Hitchens…

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A Rough Season

A Rough Season

It’s been a rough season for me. I never expected that I would still be wearing a cast 20 weeks after foot surgery. The tendon repair went well enough, but I developed a stress fracture when I started using the foot again. The treatment for that is several weeks of total rest, meaning that I had to go back on crutches and/or the knee walker. On one level, that was fine. My job does not require that I on my…

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God Is Still Good

God Is Still Good

Not long ago I wrote a post titled “God is Still Good,” about the report I had received that I had a torn tendon in my foot–the same tendon that I’d had surgically repaired last February. What I hadn’t mentioned here was that just over a week ago I got a second opinion that made it clear the first opinion was nuts–the MRI did not reveal any tearing at all. I was greatly relieved to find out surgery wouldn’t be…

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God Is Still Good

God Is Still Good

I’m sitting on the recliner in the corner of our living room, typing with my Mac on my lap. It’s one of my more familiar places to be. There are crutches right next to the recliner I’m sitting in. That’s becoming all too familiar. I had surgery to repair a torn tendon in my left foot just six months ago. Now I’m told there’s another partial tear in the same foot. I have an appointment scheduled with a surgeon, who…

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