The Comfort of the Cross

Here are six truths about suffering—and four steps to relieve it—that should prove comforting to any Christian in pain: God didn’t cause our suffering. God never, ever wants us to suffer. He hates it when we hurt. But we must sometimes hurt, because pain is an unavoidable part of the human legacy, period. God could [Read More...]

Does God Control or Persuade? (And Is His Future What We Make It?)

Remember my post “Waffles?” Me neither. Weirdly enough, hitting my blog’s “Publish” button triggers a corresponding “Delete” function to go off in my head: on my blog means out of my memory. But I see that “Waffles” generated 135 comments, so it must be awesome. My guess is the hot picture of Virginia Woolf is [Read More...]

I, a Rabid Anti-Christian, Very Suddenly Convert

The split-second before I very suddenly became a Christian I couldn’t have been less of a Christian if I had red horns, hoofs, and a long pointy tail. If anything, I was anti-Christian. The religion struck me as ridiculously immature, a way-too-obvious system designed mostly to capitalize on people’s guilt: Big Daddy in the Sky [Read More...]

The Comfort of the Cross

Here are six truths about suffering—and four steps to relieve it—that should prove comforting to any Christian in pain [Read more...]

The Comfort of the Cross

Here are six truths about suffering that should prove comforting to any Christian in pain: God didn’t cause our suffering. God never, ever wants us to suffer. He hates it when we hurt. We hurt because pain is part of the human legacy, period. God could, of course, instantly stop all human suffering, but doing [Read More...]

God is Love; Christ is Pain

We who are Christian believe that God is love. We believe it with our souls because we feel the enduring truth of it — and we believe it with our minds because in the Bible (at 1 John 4:8), it says, right there in black and white, “God is love.” Which pretty neatly settles it. [Read More...]

Christians, Non-Christians, and the “Fully Man” Problem with Jesus

If we Christians were a little more comfortable with Jesus being fully man, maybe we’d be a little more comfortable with ourselves. [Read more...]

A Reader Asks, “Why Do I Need Jesus to Change My Life?”

In response to a piece of mine (The Happiest Ending Ever), in which I told of my instant, out-of-nowhere conversion to Christianity, a reader named Sarah left me a comment. “But why do I need Jesus to change my life?” she wrote. “Can’t I do that on my own? Oh, and, what if I don’t [Read More...]

Hallelujah! We Know So Little!

If there’s one thing you can say about people, it’s that we like things to be settled. When it comes to uncertainty, ambiguity, mystery, or complexity beyond our grasp, we prefer to have as little as possible in our lives, thank you very much. Doubt and security don’t go hand in hand. And we definitely [Read More...]

Think You’re Strong Enough to Fulfill God’s Will for You? Really? Still?

I tend to think that I have all the time in the world to become the person God wants me to be–or to at the very least do the things that I have every last reason to understand God intends for me to do. The underlying reason for which I tell myself that I have [Read More...]


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