God’s Will in Life and Death

Pastor Leslie Weatherhead helped me to understand the will of God when I was angry and in pain (see my blog on August 31). He explained that there are three distinctive phases in God’s will: intentional (God’s ideal plan for man—his original creation) circumstantial (God’s plan within certain circumstances—what we experience in our lives in… Read More

Dig into Romans with Me (Week 15-Romans 6:1-14)

1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his… Read More

What is God’s Will?

My father died slowly—nine excruciating months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. When well-meaning friends tried to comfort me with “it is God’s will,” I was furious. Surely God did not intend such torture for my father or his family. We had prayed constantly and worked for a cure with everything that Western medicine… Read More

For those left behind…

Close friends for almost 50 years; Our kids called them Uncle Larry and Aunt Jan: conservative midwesterners, passionate believers, straight arrows came to town for a visit and a 50th Central College reunion, and our family gathered to spend Sunday with these special more-than-friends. But something was different. To quote their daughter’s text: “Holy #@! Mom… Read More