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what about evil and suffering? [the God i don't understand]

what about evil and suffering? [the God i don't understand]

Who of us hasn’t asked why bad things happen to good people? We’re confronted with the marks of living in a fallen world every day, yet we struggle to understand why we have to deal with such pain and suffering. In the first part of The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith, Chris Wright deals with these issues. While he admits there are several aspects of this issue that we simply cannot understand, there’s some good news about the issue of evil. The Mystery of Evil...

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finding hope in the tornado zone [an interview with @WorldVisionUSA]

finding hope in the tornado zone [an interview with @WorldVisionUSA]

I was sitting in the delivery room with my wife early on the morning of April 28th, and we turned on the TV to pass a little time. Flipping over to the news, we saw video of a mile-wide tornado riping through Alabama. It was part of what’s been termed the 2011 Super Outbreak (Source: Wikipedia, April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak). Our hearts broke for the victims of such a devastating storm as we were about to welcome a new life into the world. And more recently there was the tornado that...

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A Prayer for Mississippi River Flood Victims

A Prayer for Mississippi River Flood Victims

Father, we acknowledge you as Creator of all things–the heavens and the earth; sun, moon, and stars. Nothing exists without your creation; all things have been made by you and for you. Because you have designed all the living world, we know you control all life as well. You can move mountains, stop the waves of the water, part seas, and redirect winds. Because of your great and mighty power, it is to you and only you we make our plea today. Our friends and family, brothers and sisters,...

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Christian Relief Efforts in Japan

Christian Relief Efforts in Japan

Photo credit: Samaritan’s Purse. The Red Cross and other traditional disaster relief agencies are now working to support people in the impacted areas of the Japan earthquake. However, some have been asking me about specific Christian organizations they can support that are serving on the ground. As of now, two great initiatives taking place are from World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse. In fact, Samaritan’s Purse, the agency founded by Franklin Graham, son of the renowned evangelist Billy...

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fragility. chins up.

fragility. chins up.

I usually read the news every morning, but today I was rushed and skipped it. Then during a break at work, I sneaked a peak at Facebook. Praying for Japan said a friend’s post. Nice of her, I thought. Wait. Maybe something happened in Japan? I didn’t mean to live under a rock but this was the first I’d heard. Google News search results…8.9 earthquake, devastation, loss, tsunami, Charlie Sheen (oh please), Hawaii, more tsunami… Hawaii?  My brother lives on Kauai! Is he okay? Did the tsunami hit...

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Praying for Japan’s Earthquake Victims

Praying for Japan’s Earthquake Victims

Many of us are still in shock at the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that just struck off the coast of Japan. Images and videos continue to reveal the darkness of the tragedy. The unfortunate reality for many of us is that we want to help, but find ourselves asking, “What can I do?” Yes, we can and hopefully will, give financially to help with relief efforts. However, at the moment, unless you are in Japan or have loved ones there, here’s where to begin: pray. Prayer may not seem...

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Sound and Light in Haiti

Sound and Light in Haiti

I’m at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville for the next couple of days, and wanted to mention a great project they have going on to support recovery efforts in Haiti. I thought this was a creative way to help meet a critical need that connects with the role of this organization. Read, be inspired, and pass along. Live the Activist Faith today!   -Dillon +++ Haiti: Sound and Light By Dr. Ron Harris, Sr. Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Each year at the...

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