Category Archives: Divine intervention

Why doesn’t God magically sort out our problems?

Way back last time I was looking at miracles, and the problems both of being overly cynical about the miraculous or overly reliant on it. This follows on from a slightly different angle. First, a question. If you knew God … Continue reading

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Suffering IV – Why doesn’t God just rescue us?

One of the hardest questions around suffering is why God often doesn’t rescue us from our troubles when we so desperately want and ask him to. We plead with him and implore him, with tears and sometimes for years on … Continue reading

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When the very worst happens

In recent posts I’ve been looking at questions around God’s leading and speaking, and God’s plans for our lives. But what happens when everything appears to have gone completely wrong, awry, off course? What are we to do when the … Continue reading

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The Philippines typhoon, John Tavener and the problem of pain

I’ve been half-consciously avoiding blogging about the Philippines typhoon. What else can anyone say that hasn’t been said? How can we express the sadness and awfulness of it all, and the helplessness and even guilt which we comfortable western watchers … Continue reading

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Madeleine McCann and the character of God

I approach this post with considerable caution and trepidation. One, because this is not a theoretical situation but real people’s lives. Two, because I have no direct personal relation to the situation and know nothing but what I’ve seen in … Continue reading

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The Sandy Hook tragedy: a response

I meant to be posting about the Virgin Birth, but some current events are so terrible that they need to be acknowledged. My thoughts and prayers genuinely are with those affected. I cry out to God. I have primary-school-age kids. … Continue reading

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How does God interact with the world? Part II – panentheism, incarnation and parenthood

Last time we looked at supernatural theism and deism. I’d like to start this time by looking at my own favourite, panentheism, and then move on to look at some biblical ideas. Panentheism Panentheism is not pantheism (God = the … Continue reading

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How does God interact with the world?

My previous post ‘Does God intervene?’ sparked more of a response than I was expecting, so it seems worth staying with it a bit longer. The major issue seems to be, if God ever intervenes in the world, why not … Continue reading

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Does God intervene? (Deism, divine sovereignty and human freedom)

Responding to my recent ‘Letter to America’, one regular commenter pulled me up quite justifiably on setting too much store by human power. ‘Trust not in princes nor in mortal men…’ (Ps 146:2). Whatever the outcome of the US election, … Continue reading

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