In the wake of a tragedy such as the ones that struck last week in the Boston area and the town of West, Texas, certain questions arise: How do we, and especially those closest to the event, move forward? Where was God in all of this? How should we feel about this? Can we protect ourselves and keep this from happening again? LinC explores how we as Christians respond to disaster and tragedy when it is happening, when we see it coming, and during its aftermath. We’ll talk about how God is at work even as we’re asking God, “Why?” And we’ll consider that one way God is present with victims of disaster is through us. Key Scriptures: Acts 27:1-12, 13-41; Acts 27:42—28:10
Next week is Mother’s Day (so you have seven days left to find the perfect gift for mom). We often refer to God as our “Father,” and Jesus himself preferred this name for God. But Scripture is rich with images and names of God, some of which show us that God also has the qualities of a mother. Next week LinC looks at the variety of names and images the biblical writers used to describe God; we’ll talk about how God acts as both a father and mother; we’ll discuss how we know whether a name or description of God is faithful to whom God truly is; and we’ll affirm that we know God most clearly through the person of Jesus Christ.