Does Everything Really Happen for a Reason?

Among some Christians you will often hear the aphorism: “Everything happens for a reason.” Really? How in the wake of hurricanes, internally displaced persons, floods, earthquakes and shattered infrastructures does one maintain this? It seems to infer...

How You Can Live in Terrible Times

The news is terrible lately. Maybe news always is bad. Many eras bristle with horror, and knowing some history gives us perspective. But it seems so bad now: Christians beheaded in Libya and more fleeing to Egypt, Christians kidnapped in Syria, ancient artifacts...

Even When You Face Unbearable Suffering, God’s Near

Anger at injustice is often undergirded by a sense of sadness that this is not the way God intended the world to be. There is value in stepping back to ask whether there is a theology that explains the realities of the refugee and the poor and allows Christians to...

When You’re Suffering, Why Does God Feel Absent?

My daughter asked me a big question the other day. “Dad, why did God make bees and mosquitoes?” I could see her 5-year-old theological wheels turning as she pondered the mystery of why a God who cares for her and who is powerful enough to make whatever he...

We Were Hoping

A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Luke 24:13-35 April 20, 2014 Where did things go wrong?  Jesus didn’t turn out to be any better than the previous prophets who had promised to be the Messiah.  He was just another would-be,...