Tag Archives: suffering

why?

we are wired to want the anwer to the “why?” question whenever things happen that we don’t like or enjoy. We seldom care about “why?” when we are doing well and everything is going the way we like. I often … Continue reading

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chandler on suffering

it is so very essential to have a sound theology regarding suffering before it hits your life. It will come and when it comes you need to already have thought about it. Here is a video that Justin Taylor posted … Continue reading

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faith doesn’t lessen the hurt

Josh Harris with an insightful quote from Nancy Guthrie’s book Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God. In [the book] she recounts losing her baby to a rare genetic disorder: “The day after we … Continue reading

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two tough takes

here are two tough to hear takes on the Christian life described in the Bible compared to the modern church in the U.S. today. from David Platt: and from Francis Chan: HT to Timmy Brister for posting both of these … Continue reading

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a meditation on life

take some time to read this beautiful essay about love, divorce, life, death and suffering etc. Here is how it begins: It was a quiet room in a hospice, the only sounds the muffled pumping of oxygen, and the softer … Continue reading

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why me?

These are questions we tend to ask when things aren’t going the way we would desire for them to go.  Why me?  Why this? Why now? Justin Taylor posts an answer tree from David Powlison, “God’s Grace and Your Sufferings,”  … Continue reading

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interview

here is an interview with a man that will likely not be alive at the end of this year. fascinating difference in perspective even though any of the rest of could die this year too. There is a tendency that’s … Continue reading

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Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler’s surgery to remove a mass from his frontal lobe begins in about 20 minutes. Be in prayer for him during the surgery and for a complete recovery. Here is a post from Matt going into surgery about the … Continue reading

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Glory to God in suffering

Here is a video from John Jordan’s facebook page explaining further how God can be glorified in the midst of suffering. further information on this topic in II Corinthians 4:7-5:15 and Hebrews 10:32-39.

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two on suffering

first courtesy of Vitamin Z we get this comforting bit that we will never be able to fully explain the problem of evil but that we can trust God anyway: So how do Christians explain the problem of evil? The … Continue reading

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II Timothy 3:12

II Timothy 3:12 says “12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”. Do you believe that? Do you believe that all means all and that persecution really means persecution? Really? here is … Continue reading

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more prosperity gospel

back to vitamin z for an update on Joel Osteen’s newest book. check it out: So, Joel Osteen sent us an email yesterday to let us know about his new book, It’s Your Time. Joel wanted us to know that we … Continue reading

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powerful stuff

Timmy Brister posted this video “Choosing Thomas” and like he says it is worth the next ten minutes of your time. somewhat related, Randy Alcorn talks here about the absolute necessity for Christians to have a well developed theology of … Continue reading

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suffering as a tool to edify the church

Challies has another great post today. This one discussing Ligon Duncan’s exposition of how God uses suffering in our lives to build up the church. Go read the whole thing. So I guess this is something we ought to keep … Continue reading

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theology of glory or theology of suffering?

Should Christ followers have a theology of glory or a theology of suffering? Horton makes the case that, according to the Bible, it should be the latter. Jesus knew why he came. It was not to help people find a … Continue reading

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the Good News of Recession

Matt Carter is doing a sermon series at the Austin Stone Community Church on the Biblical christian response to trials and suffering. I have listened to the April 26 message twice already and I highly recommend it. I have downloaded … Continue reading

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suffering

I noticed in the sidebar at the Straight Up blog a three part series on God’s role in suffering by Gerald Hiestand. Here is part three which contains links to the first two parts. Go check it out. I like … Continue reading

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bart ehrman's new book

Bart Ehrman has written a new book and Methodist bishop William H Willimon takes it down with style in this review. here is how the review begins, but take some time and go read the rest. Bart Ehrman has written … Continue reading

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another thought for the day

Charles Spurgeon from Reformation 21: “Winter in the soul is by no means a comfortable season, and if it be upon thee just now it will be very painful to thee; but there is this comfort, namely, that the Lord … Continue reading

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thought for the day

here is a cheerful thought for the day from the Ikonograph. The ironic thing here is that we don’t grow unless we hurt. Pain makes us evaluate what it is we cling to, and God wants to teach us to … Continue reading

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D.A. Carson

Here is a quote from D.A. Carson via Vitamin Z about why Christians are surprised by suffering. Here is his first reason: We may get the balance of Scripture wrong. We remember the wonderful triumphs of Joseph, Gideon, and David; … Continue reading

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Desiring God Regional Conference

Piper was good tonight. Looking forward to tomorrow’s session. We start at Job 32. Elihu is my favorite.

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real persecution

Real persecution still exists and real christians are still being called upon to endure hardship. here is a hard to read story about one faithful pastor’s struggle along with his family. Pray for Pastor Bike Zhang and his family: October … Continue reading

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Death by love

Death by Love is out now. here is what Adrian Warnock says about it: Without in any way softening his commitment to the centrality of Jesus taking the punishment of sin in our understanding of the cross, Driscoll is far … Continue reading

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More information on Suffering

More information is now available on the Desiring God Conference in Austin in October. Thanks to Creation Project for the heads up. Here is the scoop: Registration The registration fee is $25.00 per person if received on or before August … Continue reading

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