Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Suffering

The World In Lazaretto

When I wrote my book about Jesus’ seven miracles in John’s Gospel, I learned that the name  Lazarus  has been converted into a term for a quarantine room—a  lazaretto . It’s apt: the need for quarantining due to contagion is so one can emerge “resurrected.” Owing to Coronavirus, the world is in lazaretto now. We’re all disrupted, waiting to emerge from social isolation. Lazarus and his sisters were personally close to Jesus, but... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 31
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Full of Days

Happy families do exist, maybe just not in the Bible. Consider Job, the somewhere-east-of-Eden neighbor of Adam’s broken family. Job’s grown children were happy in that they enjoyed each other’s company. The text says they feasted together frequently. It kept their father up at night. Not because he feared Sabean raiding parties would attack them, but because he worried that his children might “curse God in their hearts” (Job 1:5). This was the... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Dec 6
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XL Grace

Caleb, our 21-year-old son, has a drug and alcohol problem. On the inside of his left arm, Caleb sports a tattoo: XL. At first glance it looks like “extra large.” But it’s actually the Roman numeral for 40, as in Psalm 40, a psalm that has long articulated our hope for him. He knows that, and as a once-aspiring musician he thought it was cool that U2 put Psalm 40 to music on their War album (1983), and that Mom and Dad pray it for him. A friend once gave me an apt... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 25
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