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

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...

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

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...

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How Suffering Crushes Our Unrealistic Expectations
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,...

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When God’s Saving Work Causes Present Suffering
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...

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Sighs and Tears: Imitating the Emotional Life of Jesus
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...

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Life, Death, and Resurrection—but First, Suffering
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...

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Seeing God’s Gracious Hand in the Hurts Others Do to Us
Seeing God’s Gracious Hand in the Hurts Others Do to Us

Seeing God’s Gracious Hand in the Hurts Others Do to Us

Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” Suffering at the hands of other people is extremely painful. However, even when this occurs, we can know that God’s sovereignty rules over all, and that he working out his will for...

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Help! It Feels Like God Is Far Away in My Suffering
Help! It Feels Like God Is Far Away in My Suffering

Help! It Feels Like God Is Far Away in My Suffering

Grief with Good Theology “God, I know you’re not mean, but it feels like it today.” My wife, Sarah, and I were sitting—devastated—in the car outside our doctor’s office. My wife’s blunt prayer was all she could muster. Our prior appointment was to confirm a...

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