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Knowing the Aseity of God through Suffering, Part 2

See Part 1 here. In his book, The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis beautifully describes in a fictional encounter how God will help us make sense of our suffering when we finally see Him. “This is what mortals misunderstand,” says one man to another. “They say of some...

Knowing the Aseity of God through Suffering, Part 1

“Hmmm…excuse me for a minute. I need to step out of the room.” The ultrasound tech had been tasked with imaging my transplanted kidney to make sure that the surgery to remove the pituitary tumor at the base of my brain would be safe for the kidney. Kidney transplants...

Deconstruction Reason #1: Hurt from Churches, Pastors, and Christians

See the first post in this series here. New posts drop every Friday. Types of Deconstruction As I unpack my Ten Reasons Christians Are Deconstructing Their Faith, let me make a few introductory comments. My original post created a little firestorm on Facebook in a way...

Knowing the Goodness of God through Suffering, Part 2

Part 1 here. Several times through my year with cancer I asked myself, “Was the growth I experienced in my trust and love for God worth all that I went through? Put another way, if God had said to me, “Mark, this year I am going to move you to greater understanding of...

Knowing the Goodness of God in Suffering, Part 1

Knowing the Goodness of God in Suffering, Part 1

As I write this essay (summer 2020), I am five months past my last chemo treatment. My hair is almost fully grown back, although I think I will keep it shorter than I used to because it is easier to manage. It is July and I have been swimming in a friend’s pool for...

Knowing God Through Suffering, Part 1

Knowing God Through Suffering, Part 1

“So, this is it. This is how I’m going to die,” I thought as I kneeled over the toilet in my underwear, waves of pain slamming my stomach. For the sixth time in two weeks I was experiencing unbearable pain, caused by the lemon-size tumor in my small bowel. What I...

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