Tag Archives: Suffering

Sunday Replay

With football season upon us, I thought a little replay action from Sunday’s sermon would be appropriate. I want to emphasize the final three implications I mentioned at the end of the sermon. I wanted to highlight again how hope … Continue reading

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Homesick

I have a clear memory from my early childhood of waking up sick in the middle of the night and calling out to my Mom. As she was caring for me I can remember saying through my moans of discomfort, … Continue reading

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Serving the Suffering

I didn’t need to be a Pastor to see that suffering was a part of the life of the Christian. However, pastoring certainly magnified the reality. The year I began weekly pulpit ministry was the same year my mom began … Continue reading

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“Home in View”

Suffering in the life of the Christian should produce a homesickness. Suffering reminds us that things are not as they should be and we are still awaiting Christ’s return. At the same time, this homesickness or longing for Christ’s return … Continue reading

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Sorrow and Joy

Over the past two weeks we have taken up the issue of suffering in the life of the Christian. After preaching on lament this past Sunday, I was thinking further on my drive home and here are the Scriptures I … Continue reading

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Suffering in the Furnace

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found … Continue reading

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Mystery and Comfort in Suffering

Several months ago I wrote a post about mystery in our understanding of God and His ways. I used Job as a case-study. In his book, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, Tim Keller has further remarks that are … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading on Suffering

In 2010, I preached a topical sermon series on suffering. The feedback I received from the congregation helped me realize how much biblical teaching on this subject is truly needed. Every year since, I have committed to preach at least … Continue reading

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No Ivory Towers

This morning during the sermon I made some unplanned remarks about several figures from the reformation and puritan periods. My point was to show that they were well acquainted with suffering and were by no means ivory tower theologians. These … Continue reading

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A Candle and Supper

On this day in 1555, Bishops (Church of England) Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake under the reign of Mary I. The Unquenchable Flame is one of my favorite little books on the Reformation written by … Continue reading

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