Suffering and the Christian

Sometimes We Don’t Get a “Why”

Oftentimes when we are suffering, we search for a “why.” Why are we, or someone we love, suffering? Why would God allow this, even direct it to happen, when He can see how much I’m hurting? These are all questions I have asked in my own life, and I’m sure some of you...

Biblical Lament: Learning What It Is and Why It’s Important to the Christian Life

Cancer. Miscarriage. Slavery. Sex trafficking. Abortion. Racial Injustice. Marital infidelity. Divorce. Job loss. Spiritual abuse. Physical abuse. Corruption. Cover-ups. Sin. Death. Have you experienced any of these issues in your life? Have you wrestled and struggled...

Death is Not a Natural Part of Life, and Your Heart Knows It

My grandfather passed away on June 5, 2020. My parents, my uncle, and I were in the hospital room with him. While listening to hymns as we watched grandpa's body slow down, my uncle asked a question few have the courage to ask, "If this is natural, why do we grieve?"...
How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

Trust Issues Here’s what happens in times of suffering. When the thing you have been trusting (whether you knew it or not) is laid to waste, you don’t suffer just the loss of that thing; you also suffer the loss of the identity and security that it provided. This may...

How Suffering Crushes Our Unrealistic Expectations

How Suffering Crushes Our Unrealistic Expectations

Misplaced Expectations of Self It probably will make sense to anyone the minute I say it that unrealistic expectations of yourself will worsen your suffering. There’s a lot of spiritual pride that I carried into my suffering. I’m the gospel guy. I’m a theologian, so I...

When God’s Saving Work Causes Present Suffering

When God’s Saving Work Causes Present Suffering

When I was eleven months old, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The doctors, at one point, told my parents my chance of recovery, of survival, was five percent. Things progressed quickly, and I was soon headed for a bone marrow transplant, preceded by...

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...