I’ve not been able to blog for several days now, and don’t know if or when I will be able to do so again. The only way I can explain it is that I am simply heartbroken. Heartbroken for so many innocent lives that will be lost if we continue down this path to war. Heartbroken for refugees still looking for a home, but no one will take them. Heartbroken for the hungry here and abroad, while we throw money away. Heartbroken for all the hatred being spewed on television and through social media. And heartbroken most of all that so much of the hatred is coming from those professing to be believers, Christ-followers. No wonder the world has no use for Christianity, when we prove ourselves to be no more like God than the world around us. Heartbroken for God.

My spirit is heavy and if I were to blog (or preach), I could not escape coming back to these topics. Unfortunately or fortunately perhaps, my physical condition does not permit me to stay in this space long enough to write more than this one note. And so I must take a temporary leave, at least until I can find something else worth the time of writing and your time of reading.

I pray for us, for our nation, for those looking for home and food, for North Korea and its millions of innocent people, for the church world-wide. I pray for strong prophetic voices to arise among us and speak words that matter, and I pray God’s strength for them when they are crucified for what they say or write. And most of all, I suppose, I pray for God’s broken heart at seeing us today.


Glenn Pemberton is a minister turned professor turned writer. After serving churches in Texas and Colorado, Glenn completed a Ph.D. (Old Testament). He then taught at Oklahoma Christian University before coming to Abilene Christian University in 2005, retiring as professor emeritus in 2017 due to a severe chronic pain. Glenn now spends his time writing for the church. Along with short essays he has published four books, including The God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament (2015), and Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms (2012). Glenn and his wife Dana continue to live in Abilene, Texas.

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  • Karen Medders says:

    Doctor Pemberton – I found this blog post tonight after talking at length with a good friend about my experience as one of your students at Oklahoma Christian University (Class of ’04). As I told my friend:

    “I am really grateful for the education I got in some of those classes. I lucked out and clicked with one professor in particular who gave very, very critical instruction. Some students would get frustrated because they wanted him to tell them with 100% certainty what they should believe, and he wouldn’t do it. He was a truly ethical teacher. He wouldn’t lead you by the hand to a conclusion on something where the best biblical scholars in the world have said “we really don’t know for sure”. My classes with him were where I got a lot of my ability to read and think critically.”

    Since I was thinking of you, I Googled you, and came across lists of your books, news of your life, and this blog. I was so sad to read about the circumstances of your retirement, and then to read this post. I hope that in the months since writing it your heart has lifted somewhat, and that you and your family are well. You’re not alone in the feelings you’ve expressed here, and I just wanted you to know that even when you do not feel strong, there are many of us who are actively resisting and working against the toxic, evil things going on in our country.

    I also simply wanted to reach out and let you know that you had a lasting impact on me, and one I am profoundly grateful for.

    Much love.

    • Glenn Pemberton says:

      Wow, how good it is to hear from you! I appreciated your note and sentiments, taking the time to tell me these things does lift my heart. I guess I’m trying to learn all the things that I taught so freely in Wisdom and Devotional literature. I do hope you are well.

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