“Some Christians like to think of God as above all that, knowing everything, in charge of everything, calm and unaffected by the troubles in his world. That’s not the picture we get in the Bible.”
– N.T. Wright, from an article in Time
“I am the Lord, and there is no other,
The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing well-being and creating calamity;
I am the Lord who does all these.
Drip down, O heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
And righteousness spring up with it.
I, the Lord, have created it.
Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth!
Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’”
– God, from Isaiah 45:6b-9a