Here’s my weekly Reading Roundup with some links you might find interesting. Because of hurricane Sandy’s prominence in this week’s news, I thought it a good idea to focus on links that tries to make sense of a devastating natural disaster and God’s providence and love. As the readers of this blog will know, I feel very strongly about not blaming God for our suffering.
- Firstly, let us start with some polarizing thoughts on the subject and how it surfaced in online conversations.
- I was relieved to see that not all Christians interpreted Sandy as God’s wrath. I especially enjoyed this article in ChristianityToday.
- Max Lucado wrote on “Where was God when Sandy hit?“. He has a nice perspective.
- Kent Annan gave 5 excuses to avoid after a natural disaster. A must read for every Christian.
- Here is a link about Tullian Tchividjian’s new book “Glorious Ruin“. I haven’t read it yet, but I assume that he works with a more Calvinistic perspective on suffering, because Tullian is a Reformed minister. It seems to be a thoughtful book though.
- Back here on South African soil, another lecture was given about the (supposed) proper place of Satan in your theology. Personally I can’t side with the liberals – saying that he is nothing more than a mere fictitious character. But neither can I side with the conservatives – giving Him much more credit than he deserves. I believe he is a very real enemy – but a beaten one I must add. Believing in the finished work of Christ, means that I do not fight for victory but from victory.
- Lastly, one for the Tech junkies out there. My friends know that I’m a passionate advocate for Android devices. Here’s a list of 25 apps to get you started – most of which I didn’t even know of.
Enjoy your weekend!