April 19th, 2016
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and my posts now will link to the writing that I’ve been doing at Patheos, with the topic reflected in the title. If you would like to comment on the subject matter, I suggest that you contribute there. I am more likely to see it.
Here is the link to this week’s blog. You can scroll back to see earlier posts:
May 29th, 2014
Over on Linked in, in response to my column on preaching about suffering and loss one colleague wrote: “Thanks for the tip! I found this a useful article, if a bit snippy at the end. Do you have any pointers on what to do, rather than what not to do?”
Here’s how I responded. I hope it’s helpful (see the comments section):
There is also a conversation there with a Jewish reader….
May 27th, 2014
This is a direct and uncompromising column. The original version was even more direct. There is a reason for its tenor. What we say to people who are suffering matters. We may not be able to alleviate the suffering that people experience, but we can nurture a space in which people experience hope and can trust that God loves them, grieves with them, and cares for them. Anything less is not enough. The article is addressed to clergy, but there points made here that are relevant to anyone who hopes to be a vehicle of hope in hard times.
May 26th, 2014
May 23rd, 2014
November 16th, 2013
People take holidays. Suffering doesn’t. So, how do we navigate the holidays when our lives have been touched by loss or misfortune? Based on the questions I raise in The Dave Test…I am reflecting on that challenge in my blog at Patheos.com.
This week’s Dave Test question:
Question two of ten…”Can I give up my broken gods?”
November 6th, 2013
July 2nd, 2012
June 18th, 2012