Author: Sarah Jenkins

Recommended Reading on Suffering and God’s Sovereignty

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been discussing suffering and justice, and what that means in light of God’s sovereignty. In our world today, many people have a skewed view of what justice is and God’s role in bringing that about. So many people are also confused as to how our suffering fits into a universe where God is sovereign over everything. With this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, it was our hope that readers would grow, not only in their understanding of how God’s love and justice are not opposites, but work together in all things. If you’ve found this subject interesting and want to study the issue further, please check out the recommended reading list below. These books are at the top of this genre in both excellence and readability. Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton Suffering and the Sovereignty of God edited by John Piper Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards (1754) The Doctrine of God by John Frame (P&R, 2002) How Long, O Lord: Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D. A. Carson (Baker Academic, 2006) A God Entranced Vision of All Things: The...

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#36: Dave Jenkins- Theology for Life: Pornography, Purity, and Sex Trafficking[Podcast]

Welcome to the thirty-sixth episode of Equipping You in Grace. Today, Sarah Jenkins interviews Dave Jenkins about the latest episode of Theology for Life on Pornography, Purity, and Sex Trafficking. What you’ll hear in this episode: Why we did an issue on Pornography, Purity, and Sex Trafficking for Theology for Life. How this issue of Theology for Life can equip the church. The problem of sex trafficking. Human dignity and the Gospel. How local churches can create Gospel people and Gospel cultures. How big the problem of pornography is in the church. What local churches can do to create a...

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The Secret Sin in the Mind of a Woman

It had been an exhausting day. I can’t even describe to you how much I would just love to close out the rest of the world and drop into the fantasy world of the novel resting on my night stand. Its pages beckon temptingly. I breathe deeply, knowing that if I give into this temptation that I may not surface for hours. But that isn’t the worst part. Despite the innocuous looking cover of this book, I know that if it had been a DVD there would be a Rated R label on the back side. Of course there...

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Feeling like the Walking Dead?

Do you ever feel like you’re just a zombie going through life? All brain activity gone, just wandering aimlessly around from one place to the next? Feeling worn down and tired—the bags under your eyes making you look like something undead? Well, there’s hope…while Jesus may not make your bed feel softer or your face look less sleep-deprived, He can give you the strength you need. As someone who understands the meaning of tired and worn out, Jesus can not only relate to what you’re going through, but He can also help you with your burdens. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB), “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” So what can we do to receive this rest from Jesus? Just ASK. This is what Jesus is saying in Matthew 6:33. Prayer is a powerful tool in the Christian life, through it God blesses His people (Ephesians 6:12-18; Heb. 4:16). Paul states that we should pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Peter seconds this statement by the exhortation in 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” This is...

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Swimming in Luke Warm Oceans

I see so many of my brothers and sisters swimming around in luke-warm oceans. A hurricane comes and they cry out for help from God, but in the mean time they are content to float on the slightly-choppy surface and allow the waves to carry them around. They’re comfortable in the luke-warm water and don’t care about the storm on the horizon until it hits. People wonder why they feel so far away from God when they’re floating around in the luke-warm ocean water, being tossed about by the choppy waters. They think God has turned His back on them and their beliefs waver as a result, or maybe just take a back burner in their lives. The truth of the matter is this: God is always there waiting for His children to call out to Him. Being luke-warm, however, causes the distance between a person and Jesus. When we first become Christians we have a great zeal for God because we realize just how much He’s done for us in saving us. After a while, however, we allow small things to wear down on our zeal. At first it’s the tiny stuff like being rejected by someone while witnessing. It gets under our skin and the first brick of our wall is laid on the foundation. Next we start to pray and read our Bibles less and less....

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