A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension between Belief and Experience

A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension between Belief and Experience

by A. J. Swoboda


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On Thursday as they ate the Passover meal with Jesus, the disciples believed that the kingdom was coming and they were on the front end of a revolution. Then came the tragedy of Friday and, somehow even worse, the silence of Saturday. They ran. They doubted. They despaired. Yet, within the grave, God's power was still flowing like a mighty river beneath the ice of winter. And then there was Sunday morning.

Real, raw, and achingly honest, A Glorious Dark meets readers in the ambiguity, doubt, and uncertainty we feel when our beliefs about the world don't match up to reality. Tackling tough questions like Why is faith so hard? Why do I doubt? Why does God allow me to suffer? and Is God really with me in the midst of my pain? A. J. Swoboda puts into sharp focus a faith that is greater than our personal comfort or fulfilment. He invites readers to develop a faith that embraces the tension between what we believe and what we experience, showing that the very tension we seek to eliminate is where God meets us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801016967
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 628,926
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

A. J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) teaches biblical studies, theology, and church history at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and Fuller Seminary, among others. He pastors Theophilus church in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of A Glorious Dark and coauthor of Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Friday

1 The Monster at the End of This Book 9

2 Leaving Room for Imagination 21

3 The Gospel according to Lewis and Clark 39

4 Numb 54

5 Coretta 67

6 Did God Become an Atheist? 78

Part 2 Saturday

7 Awkward Saturday 97

8 Picking and Choosing 111

9 Rest 125

10 Sitting in the Tomb 140

Part 3 Sunday

11 Whore 153

12 Surprise 169

13 Hymnals and the Need for Ignorance 184

14 A Different Kind of Hero 195

15 First Breakfast 209

Notes 221

Bibliography 226

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