Sin MUST Have Caused Your Suffering, Right? I Tell You, No! – Luke 13:1-5; John 9:3; Job 1:8

   Earlier in Jesus’ ministry the disciples asked Jesus a question concerning a man who was born blind, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” The common belief among the Jews during this time was that great calamity fell upon those who had greatly sinned before God. Jesus [...]

Providence and Suffering in the Old and New Testament by Edmund F. Sutcliffe

   Providence and Suffering in the Old and New Testament is an interesting, one-hundred and sixty-nine page book that brings its readers on a concise journey through the Old and New Testament teachings on the providence of God and suffering.  This book was written in 1953 by Edmund F. Sutcliffe, who was a professor of [...]

By | 2018-07-28T14:28:48+00:00 July 28th, 2018|Buy, Resources|0 Comments

Waiting on a Miracle- Heb. 2:3-4

   A sporting event is often the occasion in which God performs the miraculous – at least that is how many explain the unusual, unprecedented, exciting, plays that often ensue. In fact, some have said that the Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Seahawks ended in “miraculous” fashion when Butler intercepted a pass with [...]

Is There Any Value in Suffering? – Heb. 12:11

  One of the unfortunate symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis is the miscommunication that takes place between the peripheral nerves (say, the small nerves in your feet) and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It is common for a person with Multiple Sclerosis to feel as if worms are crawling on the skin, bolts [...]

By | 2018-07-28T01:12:04+00:00 July 28th, 2018|Relationship with Sufferer|0 Comments

The Lord Stands with His People – 2 Timothy 4:17

  In the fourth chapter of the book of 2 Timothy, the reader is exposed to the last inspired words of the apostle Paul. In Paul’s final words he charges his son in the faith (4:1-5), looks introspectively (6), retrospectively (7), and prospectively (8) at his life and then provides personal, closing remarks (9-22). [...]

By | 2018-06-21T22:14:53+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Relationship with God|4 Comments

Songs, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs – The Importance of Singing in Public Worship in Preparation for Personal Tragedy (Eph. 5:19)

   On March 3, 2014 I slowly walked into Dr. ******’s office at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia. Someone had cancelled their appointment and the neurologist was able to “fit me in.” I was thankful, because the day prior I was told I would not be able to see a neurologist in the immediate [...]

Visions of Grandeur – How to Respond When the Reality of Life is Unfair (Acts 16:16-40)

   During their second missionary journey, Paul and his fellow missionaries attempted to go into several areas in order to preach the Gospel but were prevented by the Spirit each time (Acts 16:5-8). Finally, Paul received a vision in which a man of Macedonia “…prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us” (9). [...]

Why Me? – John 9:2

   One of the mental hurdles sufferers have to overcome is the age-old question, “Why me?” The longing to understand “Why me?” often transforms itself into a different question, “What did I do to deserve this?” For Christians who are suffering, these questions can often be translated into “What sin have I committed to deserve [...]

By | 2018-06-21T06:28:59+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Relationship with God, Relationship with Self|3 Comments

When Bad Things Happen to Good People – Harold S. Kushner

   In the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold S. Kushner writes conversationally to the sufferer and establishes himself as someone who has “skin in the game” as he recounts how his son Aaron suffered from a disease called Progeria (“rapid aging”) which led to his premature death. Kushner knows suffering, his [...]

By | 2018-06-21T06:29:00+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Don't Bother|1 Comment

6 Lessons the Bible Actually Teaches about Abortion

   The goal of this post is not to stoke the fire between “liberals” and “conservatives.” I am not into politics unless I am watching this video (click) or this video (click). I purposely waited for the Planned Parenthood videos revealing adults negotiating prices for dismembered “fetal tissue” to largely disappear before posting this article. [...]