On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Mark Talbot discuss what it means to suffer profoundly and the purpose of suffering, the best way to help a friend who is suffering, what we can learn from the Psalms of lament, along with his book, When the Stars Disappear: Help and Hope from Stories of Suffering in Scripture Volume 1 (Crossway, 2020).
What you’ll hear in this episode
- Mark’s story of suffering.
- What it means to suffer profoundly, and how does suffering affect Christians.
- What we can learn from the Psalms of Lament.
- Advice for those who think they won’t suffer because they are a Christian.
- The best way to help a friend who is suffering.
- Scripture’s greatest lesson about suffering.
- How biblical stories can help encourage the people of God not to give up.
About the Guest
Mark Talbot (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is associate professor of philosophy at Wheaton College. His areas of expertise include philosophical psychology, philosophical theology, David Hume, Augustine, and Jonathan Edwards. He and his wife, Cindy, have one daughter and three grandchildren. Mark attends Christ Presbyterian Church in Roselle, Illinois.
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Dave Jenkins is happily married to Sarah Jenkins. He is a writer, editor, and speaker living in beautiful Southern Oregon. Dave is a lover of Christ, His people, the Church, and sound theology. He serves as the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine, and is the Host for the Equipping You in Grace Podcast. He is the author of The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What To Do About It (House to House, 2021). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Parler, Youtube, or read his newsletter. Dave loves to spend time with his wife, going to movies, eating at a nice restaurant, or going out for a round of golf with a good friend. He is also a voracious reader, in particular of Reformed theology, and the Puritans. You will often find him when he’s not busy with ministry reading a pile of the latest books from a wide variety of Christian publishers. Dave received his M.A.R. and M.Div through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.