Jesus Statue Withstands Typhoon. What Does It Mean?

Soon after Typhoon Haiyan wreaked its devastating effects on the Philippines, people began drawing attention to a Jesus statue that withstood the storm. The typhoon practically leveled the coastal town of Tanauan in which the statue of Jesus continues to stand tall –...

Where is God When the Bad Stuff Happens?

Where is God when bad things happen? This question has perplexed and frustrated those afflicted with suffering, grief and pain. Theologians and philosophers have wrestled with scriptural texts and rational thought striving to make sense of the enigma. Pastors and...

Pastor Probes `Where Was God?’ in Katrina

(RNS) When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore six years ago, it brought in its wake untold property damage and emotional distress to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, but also something deeper. “Where,” countless people asked, “was God?” Some conservative religious leaders...

Where is God in the Storm?

Somewhere a preacher is preaching. He shakes his fist at the ceiling as he describes the wrath of God. That wrath has come, he tells his attentive congregation, on the crest of a terrible storm. God has shown his power and his might by smashing a wall of wind and...

Suffering Raises Questions About God’s Justice

I was sitting on my porch this past week reading the Monday edition of our local newspaper, enjoying very much an article about a married couple who spent their lives traveling the U.S. driving trucks. It truly is a great story of love and partnership between husband...