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Everyone understands human pain. But many Christians have difficulty comprehending God's pain, especially God's pain in the death of Christ. Is it atonement or child abuse? To speak of God in pain, says Barbara Brown Taylor, is not only to address the biblical stories of Christ's suffering and death, but also to proclaim the God who is present in our pain. This volume of teaching sermons on suffering presents different approaches to the problem of God in pain. In each sermon, Taylor speaks with sensitivity and ...
Everyone understands human pain. But many Christians have difficulty comprehending God's pain, especially God's pain in the death of Christ. Is it atonement or child abuse? To speak of God in pain, says Barbara Brown Taylor, is not only to address the biblical stories of Christ's suffering and death, but also to proclaim the God who is present in our pain. This volume of teaching sermons on suffering presents different approaches to the problem of God in pain. In each sermon, Taylor speaks with sensitivity and profound insight as she addresses pain and both its human and divine impact.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Part I: Pain of Life: The Gift of Disillusionment; A Cure for Despair; Learning to Hate Your Family; Divine Anger; Feeding the Enemy; The Betrayer in Our Midst; Buried by Baptism; The Suffering Cup; Pick Up Your Cross; Unless a Grain Falls; The Dress Rehearsal; Surviving Crucifixion; Portents and Signs; and The Delivery Room. Part II: Pain of Death: Believing What We Cannot Understand; Someone to Blame; The Triumphant Victim; The Myth of Redemptive Violence; The Silence of God; The Will of God; The Suffering of God; May He Not Rest in Peace.
BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR, an Episcopal priest in the diocese of Atlanta, holds the Butman Chair in Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. She is widely sought after as a preacher and guest lecturer, and is the author of five books, including Preaching Life and Bread of Angels.She was named by Baylor University as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English language.
|1||The Gift of Disillusionment: Matthew 11:2-11||17|
|2||A Cure for Despair: Matthew 3:1-12||22|
|3||Learning to Hate Your Family: Matthew 10:34-42||27|
|4||Divine Anger: Ephesians 4:25-5:2||32|
|5||Feeding the Enemy: Romans 12:9-21||37|
|6||The Betrayer in Our Midst: John 13:21-35||41|
|7||Buried by Baptism: Romans 6:3-5||46|
|8||The Suffering Cup: Matthew 20:17-28||52|
|9||Pick Up Your Cross: Matthew 16:21-27||57|
|10||Unless a Grain Falls: John 12:20-33||61|
|11||The Dress Rehearsal: John 11:1-44||66|
|12||Surviving Crucifixion: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20||71|
|13||Portents and Signs: Luke 21:5-19||76|
|14||The Delivery Room: Luke 21:20-28||81|
|15||Believing What We Cannot Understand: John 19:1-3||89|
|16||Someone to Blame: John 19:8-11a||95|
|17||The Triumphant Victim: John 19:28-30||100|
|18||The Myth of Redemptive Violence: John 19:14-16||106|
|19||The Silence of God: John 19:37||110|
|20||The Will of God: John 19:11||115|
|21||The Suffering of God: John 19:28||120|
|22||May He Not Rest in Peace: John 19:1-37||125|
|Epilogue: Preaching Christ Crucified|
|23||In Weakness and Much Trembling: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5||131|
Posted January 2, 2003
It is as though you lifted a burden from my heart. I became aware that my pain is not much felt when I consider a God that suffers at every sin and transgression that I have committed. It reaffirms that God cares. That Jesus took it all to the cross. The cross represents all those things that I suffered for, that I had pleasure for , that I sought. It touches upon the notion that when I experience persecution, sadness and fear that God suffers with me. And if with me then how much more so with others.
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