Suffering and the Christian

The Fruits of Suffering in the Life of John Bunyan

The Lessons of Suffering John Bunyan’s sufferings strengthened his assurance that God is sovereign over all the afflictions of his people and will bring them safely home. There have always been, as there are today, people who try to solve the problem of suffering by...

Entrusting Yourself to a Sovereign God

In a prayer meeting, a fellow church member asked for prayer for a man dying of lung cancer. He asked that we pray for the man’s healing of cancer, which was a fairly routine request as far as prayer meetings go. After the prayer meeting, I discovered that the man who...

Loving Our Spouse Through Suffering

“Lord, I pray you will do a physical miracle in my wife, but if you choose not to, then work a spiritual miracle in me so that I can love her well until the end.” These were the words of Dr. Robertson McQuilkin, shortly after receiving his wife’s Alzheimer’s...
Suffering Well in Community

Suffering Well in Community

I am most definitely not a fisherman. I subscribe to the old saying, “There is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.” So, maybe I am not the one to use a fishing illustration to begin. However, there is something that even I have picked...

Sighs and Tears: Imitating the Emotional Life of Jesus

Sighs and Tears: Imitating the Emotional Life of Jesus

I came to Mark 7:12 in my Bible reading today. There we are told that when enemies of Jesus came to argue with him, “he sighed deeply in his spirit.” That is worth noting. Jesus sighed deeply in his spirit; the sigh of grief and weariness; the sigh of sadness and...

Four Traps to Avoid When You Suffer

Four Traps to Avoid When You Suffer

4 Traps to Avoid When You Suffer from Crossway on Vimeo. The 2 Kinds of Doubt As I thought about my own experience, I wanted to organize my thoughts and experience for others in these two categories of traps that every sufferer faces and the comfort that is offered to...

Life, Death, and Resurrection—but First, Suffering

Life, Death, and Resurrection—but First, Suffering

About two weeks days ago, billions of Christians celebrated Easter, albeit virtually. Notwithstanding the rest of what it does, Easter reminds us of that the pattern of Jesus’ life is the pattern for Christians: that life and death—and yes, even resurrection—are...

7 Essential Things to Know about Hope

7 Essential Things to Know about Hope

The Language of Hope We constantly speak in hope language: “I hope my company does well.” “I hope he isn’t mad at me.” “I hope God really does answer prayer.” “I sure hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow.’ “I hope this sickness isn’t something serious.” If you are a human...

The Importance of Lament in the Midst of COVID-19

The Importance of Lament in the Midst of COVID-19

The Importance of Lament in the Midst of COVID-19 from Crossway on Vimeo. Lament and Sadness During this time of global health crisis when COVID-19 is ravaging many parts of the world, who knows when the end is in sight? We don’t know how many people will be affected....