Why does God seem so distant sometimes? Why does life seem so imperfect, even after we have become Christians? And why do we really need Jesus anyway? Can't we just come to God by ourselves just as we are?
Christians are often surprised when they are not popular: after all, why would anyone dislike people whose aim is to love everyone and to share good news? But there is more going on than just a few people taking offence - there is a hidden war raging and victory will not be cheap.
We live in a culture where people go to great lengths to prevent and assuage negative feelings of guilt or shame. We want to help people feel good about themselves, regardless of anything they might have done. Is this really helpful, and is there a better way to handle these unpleasant emotions?