This risky world: Rowans Williams on Natural Disasters and God

In the past month, I have not lived through Harvey or Irma or any catastrophic weather or geological event. This time, San Diego was not involved. But the question is in the air in the U.S. : at the hospital and in homes when I visit with people, on the news, even in the New York times. Is God behind this? I return in seasons like this to the thoughts of a man much smarter than me, who gave me the first taste of a framework about such things that was even remotely satisfying. I share a long excerpt here. I hope it's helpful to someone else, too. I recommend the whole book, for that matter.

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Care and Miscommunication

It’s a sad story that doesn’t get much press, but most of us have lived it. Genuine care that fails to carry love to its destination,  because the means intended to transport the message failed, crashed, or simply missed the loading dock.

 

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Living Love in the Midst of Conflict

This week my sermon will be about the idea that we are invited to grasp loving action as the deepest “should” in our life, even -- or especially -- when other people fail to live up to those “love your neighbor” ideals.

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Dear Congress: “the one who loves another has fulfilled the law”

With the DACA challenge, President Trump has given you, the Christian members of congress -- those who try to follow Jesus, who proclaim Christ Lord and Savior --  an incredible opportunity to show the world the heart of the Christian faith.

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A (mini) primer on prayer: the up-close mystery of God

My college friend Mary shocked me, woke me up, with these words:. “Let us remember that we are in the presence of God,” she would say, before beginning any spoken prayer.

 

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Big worries, little worries: the bi-focal work of our spiritual lives

Last night my husband were talking about North Korea and DACA, and then we peeked in on our safely sleeping children. “I can see why it is so tempting and so common to become myopic,” he said.

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Why Jesus?: The potentially preferable closeness of this word

It is hard enough to talk about God. The conversations get even trickier when we bring in the name of Christ.

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Simplicity & Mystery (Part 2): Stepping out with the G-word

I think we need to be honest about how uncomfortable it is to talk about God.

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