Category Archives: Friend of Job

“If There Is A God, He Must Be A B******!”

                                      Empathy Avoids Butting Heads Sitting in the dayroom of the psychiatric hospital, a young man played solitaire as I approached. Instead of … Continue reading

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Empathy: A Reader Responds

After I invited subscribers to share their experiences of reaching out with empathy, I received this response, printed with permission: Good morning Gordon, I’ve been thinking and praying about an opportunity to share something centered around your empathy emails. God … Continue reading

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#MEAwarenessHour Raises Awareness

Waiting To Live An early title from chronic fatigue sufferers captures the sense of how people with the illness feel. Gregg Charles Fisher published Waiting To Live: The Debilitating Effects of Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus in 1987 (Upper Montclair NJ: Montco). … Continue reading

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Hope Through Tragedy Reading Job – Facing the Unavoidable II

I found hope through tragedy by reading biblical Job. Job’s story helped me face the unavoidable issues with our children’s illness. Continue reading

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Disappointment With Our Son — Facing the Unavoidable

On our joyful trip to attend our son Paul’s college graduation, my wife Elaine and I, disappointed, first confronted the impact of an illness which changed all of our lives. Continue reading

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Remember Sandra Parks

“Mom, I’m shot!”–Sandra Parks Remember Sandra Parks. One of the more recent tragic episodes in gun violence highlights inner-city crime with this heart-breaking story. Just this past week, for example,  sitting in her home in Milwaukie, Wisconsin, a stray bullet took … Continue reading

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Terror In God’s Name II

Review Continued: Terror In The Name Of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, Jessica Stern, NY: Harper Collins ECCO, 2003. For the first installment of this review, see https://www.gordongrose.com/why-terrorists-kill-gods-name/ Why Do Terrorists Kill in God’s Name? Michael Bray, pastor of the Reformed … Continue reading

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Why Terrorists Kill In God’s Name

Review: Terror In The Name Of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, Jessica Stern, NY: Harper Collins ECCO, 2003. Photo: Flickr.com Why Do Terrorists Kill in God’s Name? Although published over 15 years ago, Stern’s work on why terrorists kill in … Continue reading

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Does The World Make Sense? II

Given our experience with unjustified suffering, does the world make sense? Can we find a rational explanation for our suffering, or must we live with despair? Moral philosopher Susan Neiman raises the question we all struggle with. The Book of … Continue reading

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Does The World Make Sense?

When we suffer unjustly, does the world make sense? In an important analysis of the Book of Job, noted moral philosopher Susan Neiman, raises this question. She approaches the Book of Job from the standpoint of philosophy, rather than religion. … Continue reading

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