Christian Suffering in a World of Suffering

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By David A. SánchezThe recent focus on the kidnapped girls in Nigeria shines a light on the suffering of women and girls all around the world.Perhaps it is due to my ongoing fascination with Jewish and Christian apocalypses that the motif of suffering is constantly on my mind. I am always struck with John the Seer’s words of praise and encouragement in his letters to the seven churches of the Apocalypse that are patiently enduring persecution, affliction, distress, and tribulation. Th … [Read more...]

Stand by Me: Memorial Day and the Healing of Souls

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By Mary Hinkle ShoreThe Soul Repair Center was set up to focus on moral injury and the terrible toll it takes on military veterans.If you have to reassure someone that you’re not abandoning them, it may be because they feel you slipping away. In John 14, Jesus is responding to the anxiety of those he loves. “I will not leave you orphaned,” he says, but it is not clear how he will keep that promise. In a few hours, his arrest, trial, crucifixion and death will all have been accom … [Read more...]

Dare to Sit With Suffering (Genesis 12:1-4)

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By Melissa BrowningPeople weigh in on the morality of aiding refugees and others suffering from natural and man-made crises.Abram left his homeland on a promise and a prayer. God called. Abram went. The Biblical text makes it seem so simple. There are no signs of struggle or doubt. There is no grief over what is left behind, only the forward look toward a new land and a new future. Leaving home for Abram seems so easy.As I reflect on this week’s scripture, I’m in Lebanon lis … [Read more...]


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