when God and life don’t make sense

Photo Credit: Megyarsh on Flickr (creative commons)

Photo Credit: Megyarsh on Flickr (creative commons)

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”

God’s “testing” of Abraham is on one hand a very deliberate foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Jesus (the innocent son carrying the wood for his own sacrifice up the mountain in repayment of the sins of another), but on another hand it seems like one of the most cruel passages in all of scripture: why would God ask a parent to give up their child?  It doesn’t make a lot of sense.« Continue »

And Jesus Wept…

(I am re-posting this, originally written on Nov 17, 2013, for some dear friends who could use the encouragement this week.) One of the more difficult parts of working in a Church are the moments when a young person dies.  I’ve had the privilege of “celebrating” the lives of many young people – children, teenagers, […]