Where Are You?: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. Michael says:

    “A mechanistic faith of “I do this, and God has to do that”, may, indeed, be similar to idolatry in that it bends God to our own will, our own desires, in order to see our own predetermined preferred outcome.”

    After 30 years in the ministry, I still seek that magical formula…we’ve been taught that it exists so long it’s hard to give up the quest…

  2. Josh says:

    I fear that He is outside the door, knocking (Rev. 3:20) but that we are so busy doing our church stuff that we don’t even hear Him.

  3. Michael says:

    I’ll be honest…I have no idea where he is most of the time and these days I spend most of my time like Lazarus’s friends…I have decided to assume that He’s here and holding me or i wouldn’t be here at all.

  4. Michael says:

    I usually find God in places I’m desperately trying to escape…

  5. Duane Arnold says:


    Yesterday I was subjected to a sermon on “miracles” from someone who has come out of a charismatic background. I was terribly tempted to walk out, but I stayed. It was the most paper-thin theology I’ve encountered in years, because it was so “mechanistic “. Do we really believe that we can place God in a box of our own devising to get what we want? It is idolatry… we idolize the outcome that we desire…

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    I fear you might be correct.

  7. JoelG says:

    Out walking my dog yesterday, passing by a house, a little boy walked towards me and in the kindest and sweetest way raised his hand to say hello and smile. He told me about his watch. The innocent kindness of the act moved me. I don’t care what anybody says, the moment was Grace from above.

  8. Michael says:

    My column this week addresses these issues…there is little more difficult for me to process. Dealing with reality seems to deny the narrative we’ve been taught…so we desperately seek a narrative that works. I’m still working on that…

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    By the way, the illustration for this article is “Christ of the Breadlines”, a wood engraving by Fritz Eichenberg (1901-1990). It was a favorite of Dorothy Day…

  10. Em says:

    Where is God and where am i?
    Sitting on the deck here in the mountains yesterday – a balmy May evening, the wind came up (like the low flying fighter jets that make practice runs down our river valley, you hear the wind in the old growth fir and pine before it arrives)
    David’s words in Psalm 104 came to mind – He is here and the devil knows it ?

  11. Michael says:


    You have learned the better part…

  12. richard says:

    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
    ‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬

    I find myself having to do a heart check on myself whenever I can’t see Him.

  13. Michael says:

    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
    He doesn’t say when…

  14. Xenia says:


  15. Duane Arnold says:


    All I’ve seen in Kalamazoo is the International Medieval Conference… although book buying at the conference was close to a religious experience… ?

  16. Xenia says:

    Duane, yes, that’s why I was here and yes, the exhibition hall was incredible and now my two travel bags are exceedingly heavy!

  17. Paige says:

    I actually think this is a normal ‘stage’ of our development of our walk with the Lord… as I age, I hear similar more and more often from my peers who have walked with the Lord a long time. The longer we live, the more tragedies and losses we experience and observe.

    I am currently reading a book called “Suffering Well” by Rick Thomas…. he calls it ‘the theology of suffering’…and ‘God’s most feared blessing”…. It’s quite a unique viewpoint that has helped answer some of my zillions of questions about the miseries of life and my own losses…I highly recommend his writings. You can read some of his book portions on his website http://www.rickthomas.net

  18. Duane Arnold says:


    I think suffering remains the greatest mystery…

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