A.J. is a pastor, professor, and author in Portland, Oregon who passionately believes in the good news of Jesus for all of God’s creation. Read More
On Thursday as they ate the Passover meal with Jesus, the disciples believed that the kingdom was coming and they were on the front end of a revolution. Then came the tragedy of Friday and, somehow even worse, the silence of Saturday. They ran. They doubted. They despaired. Yet, within the grave, God’s power was still flowing like a mighty river beneath the ice of winter. And then there was Sunday morning.
Real, raw, and achingly honest, A Glorious Dark meets readers in the ambiguity, doubt, and uncertainty we feel when our beliefs about the world don’t match up to reality. Tackling tough questions like Why is faith so hard? Why do I doubt? Why does God allow me to suffer? and Is God really with me in the midst of my pain? A. J. Swoboda puts into sharp focus a faith that is greater than our personal comfort or fulfilment. He invites readers to develop a faith that embraces the tension between what we believe and what we experience, showing that the very tension we seek to eliminate is where God meets us.
The messiest room in my house is the one full of things that make it beautiful. That's Christianity for me.
Jesus is our Lord to the degree our preferences aren’t.
As the saying goes—the map is not the territory. Having a map and walking the terrain are very different experiences. All of faith is like that.
"A.J. writes with the passion of a genuine seeker and with the reflective insight of a true mystic."
"A.J. is like Seinfeld and Kierkegaard rolled into one. If you want dry diatribes of funny fluff, look elsewhere."
"A.J. Swoboda stands apart, bringing in equal measure the mind of the scholar, the heart of the shepherd, and the honesty of the bard."