“Lamentation, Grace, and Hope” Speaker Series

St. John’s invites parishioners and the entire diocese to join us for a three-part speaker program
featuring Christian M. M. Brady. The events will take place on Sundays April 11, April 18, and April 25 at 4:30 p.m. The hour-long events will be held virtually on Zoom. The link will be sent to St. John’s parishioners via Realm, others, please contact us at parish@stjohnstampa.org to get the link. The first twenty parishioners to register will receive a complimentary copy of Christian’s book, Beautiful & Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief, and Hope. Click here to read more about the event and about Christian.
We all endure suffering in this life. No matter how blessed and privileged we may be, we will experience hardship and grief. Bible scholar Christian Brady, an expert on Old Testament lament, was as prepared as a person could be for the death of a child—which is to say, not nearly well enough. When his eight-year-old son died suddenly from a fast-moving blood infection, Brady heard the typical platitudes
about accepting God’s will and knew that quiet acceptance was not the only godly way to grieve.
Gifts of thanksgiving for Christian’s generous time with us can be made to the Mack Brady Memorial Men’s Soccer Fund at Penn State, in memory of Christian and Elizabeth Brady’s son.