What happens when the storm does not pass? When the pain does not stop? When the prodigal does not return? When our sins continue to taunt us? When we make the same mistakes and break the same hearts again and again? When the chasm between what we do and what God intends widens until we can't even see the other side?
In six very special encounters recorded in the Gospels, Jesus addressed the too much and the too late scenarios of our lives. Pastor, teacher, and author Shane Stanford brings these meetings vividly to life, offering a glimpse of Jesus' passion for restoring the unrestorable and redeeming the unredeemable. As a hemophiliac who lives with HIV and hepatitis-C, Stanford has deeply and personally experienced the too much and the too late of life, and recognizes his own story in these six appointments with Jesus. In When God Disappears, he helps us to do the same: to see ourselves in these messy, all too-human Jesus encounters and to experience the grace and hope of a God who has not forgotten us.
Shane Stanford is teaching pastor at Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and is staff leader/teacher for Time That Makes the Difference, a weekly TV and radio program seen and/or heard in more than 5 million homes. A noted communicator and presenter, Shane is the author and developer of numerous seminars and workshops, including A2 Indicators, a healthy-church assessment tool that has been used in over 800 congregations. He is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford, an associate professor at William Carey College, and they have three daughters. Shane lives with hemophilia, HIV, and hepatitis-C contracted through a blood transfusion.