Category Archives: Lectures and Talks

A Sampling of Rich’s Lectures and Talks at EGST and other venues

Biblical Paradox: An Overlooked “Backdoor” into the Mystery of God

Presented at EGST Academic Seminar, 11/9/12

One day I received a letter from a woman named Cheryl, who was responding to a journal article I had written about preaching biblical paradox. She quickly moved from words of appreciation to the issues my article raised that were still vexing her. She wrote:

How can God still work His plan in my life when my free will keeps getting in the way and messing things up? How can he “restore the years the locusts have eaten” when I am the one that invited those locusts to come and devour my life? How can he “work all things together for good…” when I keep getting in there with my free will and messing with his plans? On a larger scale, how can God work out his plan in the universe when men and women still have a free will to do their own thing apart from God’s will?
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Our Larger Calling

(This is the first of three Bible studies shared with an international conference on February 10-12, 2011 that brought together leaders of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and their overseas partners from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the US.)

It is an honor and privilege to be invited to share these studies with you at this conference.  Having lived in Ethiopia only about six months, I apologize in advance for anything you might hear over the next three days that sounds naïve or ignorant in our Ethiopian context.  Continue reading