Last night I was watching The Five on Fox News where Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina was one of their guest hosts.
Scott is one of eleven African-Americans to have served in the U.S. Senate and the first to serve in both chambers of Congress. His rags to riches story that raised him up from poverty to his present position is compelling and inspiring.
When the panel was talking about our current polarizing political divide in the United States, Scott offered an interesting insight. This is nothing new, he observed. Throughout our history, there have been times of conflict and sharp disagreements. “Remember the Civil War?” he rhetorically asked. Continue reading
This week I am preaching in Gilchrist County, Florida, to a community that is hurting.
On Thursday about 3 p.m. a gunman walked into the Ace China restaurant in Trenton and fatally shot two Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies– Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey. He then went outside, got into his car and took his own life. Continue reading
Suffering is a part of the human experience. Jesus told the apostles in John 16:33, “In this world, you’re going to have trouble. You’re going to have tribulation.” But he didn’t explain why.
In midst of his pain and anguish, Job observed, “Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). But he still didn’t understand why.
Yesterday, we began answering a question from one of our readers regarding the issue of suffering in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting and as it relates to the book of the Job. If you missed yesterday’s post, read it first for context. Continue reading
Filed under Evil, Suffering
Monday morning we awoke to headlines like these:
Bombings Kill Dozens in Churches in Egypt
Why ISIS Declared War on Egyptian Christians
“ISIS Egypt affiliate: Christians are our ‘favorite prey’
In two separate attacks on Sunday, houses of worship in Egypt were targeted by Islamic radical terrorist. At least 44 people were killed and over 100 injured in Alexandria and Tanta. Continue reading
Amazing. Incredible. Captivating. Those words don’t begin to describe the scene yesterday afternoon when I turned on Fox News and saw the powerful Tornado moving across the Oklahoma plains. I was watching it live as it was filmed from a helicopter. You could see flashes of light from the distance as it evidently took down power-lines. But it was coming across open land. Maybe it would lift up. Dissipate. Move on. And not strike a populated area. Continue reading
Filed under Life, Suffering
Have you ever taken some medication that promises wonderful results to alleviate some pain or problem? But there is a warning that says “possible side effects.” Isn’t life a lot like that?
One on hand life is full of joy. Pleasure. Adventure. Exhilaration. Enchantment. Excitement.
But there are some side effects! Like pain. Suffering. Heartbreak. Disappointment. Broken relationships. And death. Continue reading
Filed under God, Suffering