1. God’s Relationship to World as Creator and Redeemer
2. God’s Greatness
3. God Determines Great Purposes and Keeps Promises
4. All Things are Present to God
5. God’s Goodness
6. God is Merciful, Compassionate, Faithful & Persistent
7. God’s Grief: The Problem of Evil
8. The Pathos of God
9. The Price God Has Paid
10. The Essence of God’s Grace
11. The Extent of God’s Grace
12. The Experience of Grace
References and Bibliography
The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Bible, copyright 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Several years ago, I was invited to speak at a retreat for workers serving Afghan refugees in Pakistan. As I considered what I should say to people struggling, under difficult and often discouraging circumstances, to show God’s love to suffering people, I felt led to speak of God’s relationship to the world.
In the light of what they, and many others in similar circumstances were facing, I wanted to raise, and try to answer the question, Where in the world is God? , because it is easy to lose sight of God in a world that seems more often to witness to God’s absence than to his presence.
This book grew out of the talks I gave in Pakistan and that I have since given in other places in the world. My hope and prayer is that through it Christians will have a better understanding of God and his relationship to the world, which he loves passionately, for which Jesus suffered and died unconditionally, and in which the Holy Spirit works unceasingly.
I am indebted to many who have contributed to my understanding and helped to shape my thinking. A number of these are listed in the reference and bibliography.