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Year of Wonders: Book Review

Year of Wonders is a story of the plague. It’s Geraldine Brooks’ first novel, written in 2001. It follows a small town in the seventeenth century which, when plague crops up in their community, decides that rather than run (and possibly spread it) they will quarantine themselves and wait it […]

Where is God in sexual assault?

When I reviewed Rid of My Disgrace, I mentioned that it genuinely confronts the question of where God is in sexual assault. This is different from the question of how God might work his purposes out despite or through it. It is instead the grieved cry of asking where God […]

Walk On: Book Review

I’m mainly familiar with John Goldingay‘s work because he’s an Old Testament scholar but To The Usual Suspects, also published as Walk On, is a book of quite a different nature. More autobiographical, it’s a series of reflections on what it’s been like to live with his wife who was […]

When in the thick of suffering

We have a few friends who have been experiencing the most devastating loss and the most cutting grief — things for which they bear no responsibility. What are we to say? Are we to explain some purpose in their suffering? Any attempt to theorise with or inform our friends about […]

Spiritual disciplines: an alternative to suffering?

What is the value in spiritual disciplines such as daily prayer, Bible reading, fasting, meditation, voluntary poverty? Should Christians make an effort to be involved in these? When Melbourne‚Äôs Archbishop preached at Ridley chapel recently, he suggested that spiritual disciplines are a good replacement for suffering, which we in the […]

The Shack

I’ve been writing about Wm Paul Young’s The Shack recently and the result has been two short papers which pick up on what seemed to me to be two main themes: Suffering and Relationship with God. There’s so much stuff in The Shack that it seems near impossible for any […]