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According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, in 2008, 63 armed conflicts around the globe resulted in 56,000 casualties. In 2014 six years later 180,000 people died worldwide as a result of 42 conflicts.

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Sir Max Hastings FRSL FRHist was born as the Second World War came to an end. He went on to become a distinguished British journalist, foreign correspondent for the BBC, prolific author, and historian of World War II.

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pt. 2 of a letter to a person who is suffering…

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There is a lot of suffering in peoples’ lives.

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The conversation took place a long time ago in a place far from here. We have since lost contact.

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In his novel The Shack William Paul Young struggles with the human experience of tragedy.

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The biblical vision of what it means to be truly human is deeply challenging.

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Experiencing, in Christ the healed reality of creation, makes possible the most important lesson about resilience that I have learned through the conflicts of early adolescence:

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It is impossible to know, and probably not all that helpful to speculate about, the deep mystery that makes it possible for some people to come through dark circumstances relatively intact while others navigating similar circumstances are unable to find a place of stability, health and strength. Read the rest of this entry »

The conversation took place many years ago far from where most of my conversations now occur. But one statement continues to haunt me.

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