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God-Talk When Disaster Strikes

Kent Annan posted 5 God Excuses to Avoid After a Natural Disaster and Conor Finnegan shared some social media God-speak that was posted in the aftermath of Sandy’s devastation. Disasters like this reveal so much about our picture of God. Let’s be careful to reflect the love of God when we speak in the midst of radical suffering.

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