• Guest Contributors,  Path of Death,  Series

    Day 34: So Close, Yet So Far Away

    Often we start strong and introspectively examine our lives as we march towards the cross with Jesus. However, this upcoming week may be the hardest time to do that despite how often times many churches will host multiple services throughout this week. If you're anything like me, this week is the time to grow impatient with Lent, to wish that it would just be over so we could go back to our "normal" lives.

  • Guest Contributors,  Path of Death,  Series

    Day 10: To Texture Time

    Written by Jonathan D Hart I came across a concept from essayist Elaine Scarry that stopped me dead in my tracks: Beauty demands reproduction. On the one hand, this is quite a commonsensical concept. Everybody wants to do the enjoyable thing over and over. A good cookie demands a second, for instance. In another sense, however, it is quite impossible once we have a solid grasp of the beautiful. Here is what I mean: some beauty is easy to comprehend (even if difficult to digest). One need not be an art critic to find the Sistine Chapel sublime. It is the nature of a beautiful painting for an awed student…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Why Suffering??? Parts 1-3

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. One of the most common criticism of Christianity is the question “If God exists, then why is there suffering in the world?” Scripture teaches that God is loving and benevolent, such as Psalm 86:15, which says: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”[1] Yet there is still an abundance of suffering and hardship in the world, and to many people there is no way to reconcile a loving God with a world full of pain and despair.

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Why Suffering??? Part II

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. One of the most common criticism of Christianity is the question “If God exists, then why is there suffering in the world?” Scripture teaches that God is loving and benevolent, such as Psalm 86:15, which says: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”[1] Yet there is still an abundance of suffering and hardship in the world, and to many people there is no way to reconcile a loving God with a world full of pain and despair.

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Why Suffering???

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. For the next three days I will discuss three aspects of suffering that are often misunderstood, and thus make it difficult for the Christian to endure suffering as instructed in scripture. Romans 5 says this: [1] Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [2] Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [3] Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, [4] and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,…