Redemption of pain

This post is in response to an article shared with me by a good friend. The other posts in this series are The Experience of Pain; Pain in our Culture; Hard-heartedness; and Suffering and Character. Emlet asks the question, “What is your ultimate goal in dealing with chronic pain? Is it to remove pain? Or … Continue reading Redemption of pain

Advertisements

Suffering and character

This post is in response to an article shared with me by a good friend. The other posts in this series are The Experience of Pain; Pain in our Culture; Hard-heartedness; and The Redemption of Pain. Suffering and character Suffering shapes our character, in line with the three responses outlined in the post on hard-heartedness. … Continue reading Suffering and character

Pain in our culture

This post is in response to an article shared with me by a good friend. The other posts in this series are The Experience of Pain; Hard-heartedness; Suffering and Character; and The Redemption of Pain. Emlet says, “some cultures expect suffering and learn not to fear it; other cultures suffer less but fear it more.” … Continue reading Pain in our culture

Self-help Christianity

Recently I had a conversation with a church leader. We had a good conversation ranging over several topics, some at a bit of a tangent. One thing we discussed was how God cares for us. The church leader felt that God meets our needs through fellow Christians. It's a platitude many of us may be … Continue reading Self-help Christianity

Conservatives, Christianity and the Benefits System

We might be responsible for getting ourselves into a mess, but does that make us ‘responsible’ for getting ourselves out of it? I use quotation marks because ‘responsible’ isn’t quite what I mean here, at least not in its usual meaning. I think what I mean is that people who are in a mess – … Continue reading Conservatives, Christianity and the Benefits System

The meaning of rest – reducing the load

What does it mean for Jesus to give us rest? It is easy to spiritualise his words – that what he means is that we can carry on in our busy lives, and feel at peace within them. It almost seems wrong to suggest that it means anything else. Peace within the storm, not peace … Continue reading The meaning of rest – reducing the load