Here is another great quote from Michael Pahl. I like what he says about God’s presence in our lives.
God is as much present in the scientifically and historically explainable as he is in that which has not yet been explained. Nor should we expect to see God only in the “miraculous,” or in the triumphs of life. God is as much present in the mundane and in life’s tragedies as he is in those experiences which are typically seen as the more likely demonstrations of divine activity.
Michael Pahl, From the Resurrection to New Creation (Eugene: Cascade, 2010), page 70.
On the “scandal of the empty tomb”, Michael Pahl says the following in his book,
To put this simply, everyone knows that dead people do not come back from the dead, let alone to some transformed human existence, but that’s precisely the point of the Christian claim that God raised Jesus from the dead – the utterly impossible has in fact occurred. And the impossible has now become the norm, the standard by which all else is measured.
Source: Michael Pahl, From the Resurrection to New Creation (Eugene: Cascade, 2010), 12.