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Suffering and the Ultimate Victory of Love

2011 August 7
by Mike

I just sent a tweet out to encourage people to listen to a sermon Randy Harris preached at Highland two weeks ago.

But I want to push a little harder here. The sermon is about suffering, about love, about suffering love. About how love wins (Randy Harris channels Rob Bell). About the deepest problem of Calvinism. About parenting (from the interesting perspective of a confirmed bachelor). About Nietzsche. Yes, Nietzsche. Randy’s weird like that.

http://www.highlandchurch.org/audio/by/date/2011-07-24

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Near the end, there is a shout out to Matt and Amy. It’s their son, Liam, who has recently suffered a relapse in his battle with cancer. And yet despite that, Liam has a vision of raising money (through the attention that’s come his way) to dig two new wells for those in this world who need fresh water.

You can read about it here and make a contribution if you’d like.

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Larry permalink
    August 7, 2011

    I love it: “And so I went shopping.”

  2. Larry permalink
    August 7, 2011

    “If God meant for this world to be DisneyWorld, he did a miserable job!”

  3. August 7, 2011

    Is this world meant for obedience . . . for happiness . . . or for learning love?

    Is everything mapped out by God . . . or are we participants in this learning process?

    Randy is taking us to the center of some of life’s deepest mysteries, without pretending that he has everything figured out.

    “He would risk anything for the sake of love. And then he created a world where we could learn to love.”

  4. August 7, 2011

    By the way, as of this moment Liam has raised $6211.15 of the $13,500 needed! Great job, my young friend!

  5. Amy Boone permalink
    August 7, 2011

    This sermon was VERY hard for me. It was so fresh and raw that my little friend had relapsed. My heart was (and is) breaking. The truth in Randy’s word was so good, though.

  6. annie permalink
    August 10, 2011

    Thank you, thank you for sending us this link, Mike. Between reading Rob Bell’s book a couple of months ago, & hearing these words—-along with Randy’s keynote at Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration (“if everything went kaput, but it advanced The Kingdom of God, would I be glad about it?”— paraphrased, of course), my head & heart have been reeling. I long to live a life that shows to others that Love Wins—–in THIS world, besides what is coming…..

  7. August 10, 2011

    One my best friends attends Highland. Loved the content. Thank you for posting this.

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