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I’m so troubled by all that is happening in our world. The forest fires this summer, the airplanes being lost or shot down, the fighting in Gaza. Where has God gone?

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Martin Elfert

Martin Elfert

The Rev. Martin Elfert is an immigrant to the Christian faith. After the birth of his first child, he began to wonder about the ways in which the Divine was at work in the world. Shortly thereafter, he joined Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC, where he and his new son were baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2005 and where the community encouraged him to seek ordination.


  1. Our theology is never more incomplete than in horrendous suffering.Concrete love is the only thing that makes it bearable.

  2. Jobs friends tried giving theological answers but they missed the point entirely. When faced with Job’s horrendous sufferings, God gave no answers only questions. Not one person who suffers greatly is looking for a propositional statement to explain their pain. Only the Presence can help. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said…only the suffering God can help….

    • But don’t discount, dismiss or disrespect the power of the promises found in the Bible to help suffering, hurting people make contact with that Presence.

      Those promises just happen to be propositional statements.

    • Re: “As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said…only the suffering God can help….”

      OK, let’s try this idea on for size. Let’s say a friend of mine gets cut by a kitchen knife. It’s not, therefore, a good idea for me to help him stop the bleeding. No. The best way for me to help would be for me to cut myself, too, so the two of us can bleed all over the place.

      Sorry but I find that principle … well, let’s say it’s “lacking” and leave it at that.

  3. “I had my son tortured and slaughtered for your personal benefit.
    If you don’t believe me I’ll do worse things to you; forever and ever.” – Yahweh

    “Now what was it that thing you were praying for? Cuz I really care.” – Yahweh

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