Why do the righteous suffer and the wicked often seem to prosper? This is the theodicy question, otherwise known as the “Justice of God” concern for those faithful believers who have strived to do the right things according to their faith but have still come up short. A couple easy-to-follow books I have recently read are Can God by Trusted? by John G. Stackhouse and Pathways to Theodicy by Mark S.M. Scott. Both authors suggest that the cruciform or crucified (and risen) God is a trustworthy model for Christians to consider.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.