“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the one Nietzsche ridiculed as “God on the Cross.” In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many Buddhist temples and stood … Continue reading He Suffered For Us (by John Stott)
You cannot be part of the Evangelical Covenant Church family very long before you come to know the story of Dr. Paul Carlson, a medical missionary to Congo (1962-1964), who gave up his life in service to Jesus. Here's his story: Doctor Paul E. Carlson, or Monganga Paul as he was known by the Congolese … Continue reading Martyrdom of Paul Carlson, Covenant Missionary
Jesus asked, "Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has … Continue reading Can You Drink the Cup?
When bad things happen in this world, and unjust suffering befalls the innocent, we often jump to the 'Why' question first. The disciples lived in a world where it was popular to believe that disease, birth defects, and other forms of suffering were punishment for sin -- either the person suffering or his parents. We … Continue reading Why, God, Why? Suffering & God’s Glory
Let us draw near to the cross on this Good Friday, keep vigil, contemplate the Lord's passion, consider his agony of spirit and physical torture. Let us not fall asleep as the three did in Gethsemane, nor abandon him as the rest did by the end. When we ponder his last moments, just before the … Continue reading My God, My God (Psalm 22)
"My husband was laid off work over a year ago and has not been able to find a job. I guess unemployment and its financial impact is our current cross to bear." "Our marriage has been rocky for many years, and I don't see signs of improvement at the moment. I guess this is our … Continue reading American Disciples at the Cross – Part 2