(How) Is God in Control?
One of the benefits of having a blog is that, aside from feeding your ego through the ordinary rhythm of writing about whatever you want whenever you want and plastering it all over the internet, you can use it to draw attention to yourself at any and every other convenient opportunity as well :). Like, say, when an article of yours is published.
I may be developing a bit of a reputation in our denomination as being overly preoccupied with topics such as evil and suffering (go figure!), but I was nonetheless pleased to contribute to the April issue of the MB Herald which is focused on the topic of suffering in the context of Easter. If you’re interested, you can have a look at my article on suffering and the sovereignty of God here. Regular readers of this blog will undoubtedly notice some familiar themes and stories. And even if you’re not interested, there is more than enough good content in this issue to justify a visit.
As an aside, it really is a privilege to participate in the ongoing conversation that is the MB Herald. This publication was a fixture in our home growing up, and has remained so for my own family. Because of the (small-ish) size of the Canadian MB Conference, each month can feel like a kind of monthly family dialogue. Month after month, there are articles, columns, church updates, deaths, births, wedding announcements, personnel transitions, etc, and you slowly start to feel like you know and are a part of the lives of people you’ve never met by virtue of this “imagined community” (to borrow from Dora Dueck’s reflections in this month’s issue) that exists through words on a page or a screen.
Like all communities, ours isn’t perfect, but it is a good and gracious company of pilgrims to tag along with.