God In The Nightmare

June 24, 2019



I preached a testimonial sermon on Sunday, June 16, at St. Paul’s Church in Willington, CT, with my cancer struggles serving as a launching pad for a talk on suffering. As I explain, reconstructive surgery blessed me with a speech impediment. I sound like a space alien.

Here are some of the sermons opening lines, then a link:

I’d like to talk about talking. More specifically, I’d like to talk about the way I talk.  As you can hear, I do not speak like the average American. Which is ironic: Until the summer of 2015, I was often told that I had the ultimate preacher’s voice.  Some even said I should be on the radio. But something happened.  A nightmare I experienced 31 years ago came back.  I thought I was safe from this nightmare.  I thought this nightmare was so far behind me that it would never catch up with me again.  But it did – and it was far worse than before.

And yet, I have found blessing within the nightmare.  I have found that God will stretch his hand into our nightmares.  I have found that God will use our nightmares to press out things that need to be pressed out.  God will do that even as we feel abandoned.

I’ll talk about this subject – God in the nightmare – through the lens of two biblical passages: Romans 5:3-5 and Colossians 1:24.

Follow the link here.


About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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