As many of you know from listening to my podcasts, or reading my blog over the years, is I’m pretty obsessed with the novels of Susan Howatch. Particularly her Starbridge Series of which I’m about to finish my 9th reading of the series in the last 15 years. It’s that impactful and transforming in my life.


But I talk about one book in particular in this podcast episode (Absolute Truths by Susan Howatch), and more specifically about one verse. The verse is Romans 8:28. The NIV translation is as follows:

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

The Scottish theologian William Barclay translated the verse the following way:


“God intermingles all things for good for those who love Him.”
(Romans 8:28, translated by William Barclay)

I’m particularly drawn to this translation of the Greek text, especially as it tends to communicate that God takes all the bad and good, all the light and dark, all the negative and positive, and mingles them together. God weaves them together for good. God doesn’t necessarily remove all the dark, but in mingling them together creates a beautiful tapestry of our lives that contain both the light and the dark. The implication of the translation has very different trajectory and understanding for one’s life, than another translation.

With this in mind, I reflect in this episode on this translation.

In the episode I also talk about an article my dad wrote called Our Intermingling God, which I find particularly insightful for what is being discussed in this episode.

Link to Episode 112