Everything Happens for a Reason: episode 5

Theology Upstream Podcasts are a series of conversations hosted by two young(-ish) clergy, Rev. Ben and Rev. Chrissy, who are convinced that good theology still has something to say to people living their lives in the real world. With that conviction, Chrissy and Ben seek to read theological books and put their learnings into conversation with lived-experience.  Preparing for our 2018-19 study, Awakening the Body, Chrissy and Ben are publishing a series of conversations on Kate Bowler’s best seller, Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I’ve Loved.

In this fifth episode Chrissy & Ben descend into the depths of theological hope and the dilemma of human finitude.  As Bowler’s cancer journey continues and she begins journaling about her experiences, she writes about the horrible things friends and strangers say to her.  While they may be trying to help, each quick and overly-cheerful comment weighs heavily on Kate and her family.  

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