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Making Sense of Haiti (A Shout Out)

January 25, 2010

The recent and ongoing disaster in Haiti is on all of our minds, and as we watch and read the media coverage of this still-unfolding tragedy, there’s one question we’re all asking:

Why did this happen?

But despite the availability of easy answers to this most basic theological question, we would all do well to pause and take a giant step back before attempting to ascribe meaning to that which remains meaningless.

Rob McWright , a former roommate of mine from my days at Vandy, recently preached an important sermon entitled “Reflections on Haiti.” Rob’s sermon outlines three helpful guidelines for theological reflection on the events in Haiti (while also offering flawless exegesis on Jesus’ first miracle).

Listen and reflect, keeping in mind that any meaning, theological or otherwise, which comes too easily following tragic events such as those we’re presently witnessing in Haiti, is almost certainly wrong.

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