Reflections on Suffering

The great Apostle Peter once wrote, “Therefore, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (1 Peter 4:19). Clearly Peter understood two very important things: when we do the will of God suffering may come (contrary to the whole health and wealth narrative), and God is faithful in the midst […]

Understanding Old Testament Moral Code

I have had a couple of questions recently from folks wondering how to process difficult Old Testament legal requirements relative to today’s moral climate. Below is an excerpt from an email I sent in response to such a question: Thank you for your email. You are asking a very important question. Let me attempt an answer that I trust will […]

A Call to Slavery

The message was reinforced in ways from which Mark would never recover. Chronologically, it would begin in Mark’s family home. One by one the disciples gathered and Jesus, the esteemed teacher, got on his knees and washed their feet. The disciples had never seen such a thing before, and neither had Mark, watching from the shadows. “If I then, your […]

A Call to Suffer and Die

It was a restless hamlet in South Sudan along the Ethiopian border. A few short years ago I was there leading a pastors’ conference with the elders and pastors from various tribal groups from the region. When I asked them the best way I could help them their forceful plea was for me to tell them how to empower their […]

Thoughts on Caring for Those Suffering and Dying

A reader in the medical profession asked me recently how I personally process the understandable hurts that come when investing with those who suffer and are dying. Here are some of the things I shared with him. If you are a medical professional, I’d love to hear from you about how you process these things: I actually get your question […]