Writings by Cole Huffman

Category: Suffering

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Anfechtung Baby

I’m enjoying Timothy George’s Reading Scripture with the Reformers . He’s introduced me to Martin Luther’s “Three Rules” for scriptural engagement: prayer, meditation, and temptation, a pattern Luther based on Psalm 119. The German word Luther chose for temptation, Anfechtung, comes from the sport of fencing. A Fechter is a fencer or gladiator, and Anfechtung roughly references bouts of spiritual attack. Every believer experiences conflict with dread, despair,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jan 18

Hell is the Only Infinite Disaster

They’re cleaning up from Isaac on the Gulf Coast. Isaac followed a similar path Katrina did (and Gustav—remember him in 2008?). I remember going to New Orleans a month after Katrina. Though not as intense as Katrina, Isaac re-damaged areas inhabited by damage-weary people.  As I write this, Leslie in the Atlantic is causing swells in Florida. Our meteorological advancements can track storm paths and intensities and forewarn residents down to the precise minute of impact. But no... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Sep 5

Realism: Handle with Care

Colorado wildfires consumed inhabited acreage like the ground was covered with lighter fluid earlier this summer, and a then guy opened fire in a full suburban Denver movie theater. Tragedies are to be expected in a world east of Eden. Saying so is not calloused. It is realism—biblical realism. And yet realism is a thing that must be handled with care when reality is particularly harsh. This is not a scientifically verified opinion, but I gather from making my way in the world with others... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jul 21