Encounter or Explanation?

Job’s book concludes with a surprise visit from God, but instead of comforting the sufferer, he interrogates him about his whereabouts while he (God) was busy creating. He doesn’t refer to Job’s suffering. He doesn’t answer any of Job’s questions or defend himself against any of Job’s accusations. He doesn’t explain why he was silent …

Critical Thinking Christians Think For Themselves

“People have a tendency to stop thinking when it becomes difficult, but it is at that point that thinking becomes fruitful.” Leo Tolstoy “The skeptic looks at something and says, ‘I wonder.’ The cynic says, ‘I know,’ and then stops thinking.” Dean Nelson Job’s “friends” bombarded him with lazy-thinking platitudes. At one point, he’d had …

“Jobian”

If I had my way, everything would fit a predictable pattern and be nailed down with precise definitions. Yet we can’t fit God into our patterns or definitions, and so it takes spiritual maturity to live with the ambiguity and the chaos, the absurdity and the untidiness. Accepting the ambiguity of God’s ways is a …