• Our Groaning Joy Article by Mike Pohlman

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2017

    Our quest for joy begins at the end creation has been groaning together in the of the creation narrative, where God looks at all He has created and pronounces it “very good.” Tragically, this good creation would be radically tarnished with sin through the rebellion of our first parents—a rebellion that replaced God’s blessing with His curse. But even in this darkest of moments, hope rings out. The Apostle Paul assures us that there’s coming a day when God will make His blessings flow “far as the curse is found”: For the creation was subjected to futility, not … View Resource

  • In Praise of Heavy Providences Article by Mike Pohlman

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2016

    Today, I’m struck anew with how contrary to the world is the Christian life. I’m thinking specifically about how the world will almost without fail define the best way forward in life as the way of ease. That is, the path of least resistance is, by definition, the right path to choose. This is not so in God’s economy. The Bible is full of reminders about how, in the call of God, things will be difficult rather than easy, complex rather than simple, strenuous rather than leisurely. Indeed, it’s for good reasons that the Bible often … View Resource

  • The Gospel and the Oncology Waiting Room Article by Mike Pohlman

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2011

    I recently sat with my wife in the waiting room at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. We were there to meet with Dr. Lupe Salazar to receive the results of Julia’s latest PET/CT scans. The goal: to determine if the cancer was progressing. This drill is an example of our “new normal” since the diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer on Mother’s Day weekend in 2009. Julia and I talk a lot. In fact, there is no one I would rather visit with on a daily basis. But in oncology waiting rooms, we often find ourselves quiet. Cancer clinics … View Resource