Wednesday, December 06, 2006

God and pain

I've heard this quote many times, but came across it in its original context a couple of days ago:

"Pain insists on being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

(C.S.Lewis, The Problem of Pain, p.91)

7 comments:

gmw said...

I read that book a little over a year ago in prep for a sermon series on hard questions. Got to love Lewis as a teacher, writer, and dialogue partner. I really the liveliness of his style.

Jason Woolever said...

yes for sure. he tackles the tough stuff. how did that sermon series go?

JD said...

Guy,

Nice to see another young pastor reading Jason's blog, and you are right down the road from me in Champions Forest. I have been to your church once, but unfortunately, it was for a funeral of a close friend of my father. Wife and I, or me and my daughter, whoever wants to go, may have to swing by sometime and say HI. What services do you usually preach?

PAX
JD

Anonymous said...

Jason,

Hey, your church's website is down. What gives?

www.pontiacfumc.org

I was going check the sermon archives to listen to some of your sermons.

Who can we get to video your preaching and put you on Youtube?
(Just kidding...)

There was a video of Fredrick Barr, Overseer of the Powerhouse Christian Center Church in Pontiac, MI. They seem somewhat charismatic. There was also a video of the Aquire the Fire, Stand Up event in the Pontiac Silverdome. That looked pretty impressive.


John Flores
Frisco, Texas

gmw said...

Jason:

It went well, thanks for asking. I had invited the congregation to write questions that they had then used those to build a series of sermons that began with questions (I combined some as appropriate) and then went to the narrative of Scripture to look for guidance on those things. I hoped to both help the congregation better understand aspects of Christian faith and ethics and model how to read Scripture faithfully when we begin with our questions instead of its Story. I enjoyed the study and preparation and grew from it myself, and got some good feedback from the people too. It was in the appointment just before this one.

JD:

Never know when you'll meet a neighbor out in the blogosphere! The other associate and I trade off months preaching an evening (5:30pm) modern worship service. Then I also preach in the morning services once every 2-3 months. I'll preach next sometime in January. My daughter is due sometime around Christmas, so they've scheduled around me for a few weeks here. Keep an eye out on my blog. I'll try and do another set of preaching study blog posts that week prior when next I preach.

JD said...

Great, thanks. I'll have to try to get over there and check you out.

PAX
JD

Larry B said...

And in that context,

I would observe that the vigor which contemporary society seeks to avoid any sort of pain could be quite metaphorical for our current discourse on religion. We don't want any megaphones interrupting our day....