After a man and a woman say, “I do,” they often spend the next days and weeks dreaming of what life might be like in 50 or more years. When a husband and wife get pregnant, they not only spend hours tossing names back and forth at each other, testing them to see if they […]Read More Trusting God, redux
How do you respond when your child precedes you in death? And what do you say when they die in a vicious act of martyrdom. The father of John Stam give an example when he wrote a letter after his son and daughter-in-law were martyred in China in 1934. Our dear children, John Stam and […]Read More When children die while serving the Lord
According to the latest statistics from the Social Security Administration, I have 29.84 years left to live. That leaves me with approximately 10,899 more days, which sounds like quite a few until you consider that I’ve already lived 18,195 days. By statistical probability, my life is well more than half over, and I am rapidly […]Read More Learning to number our days
There are benefits to sickness, according to the puritan, Jeremy Taylor [Holy Dying]. Consider: Truth is, there are but two great periods in which faith demonstrates itself to be a powerful and mighty grace; and they are persecution and the approaches of death…By the faith of the promises we learn to despise the world, choosing […]Read More A benefit of sickness
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been slowly making my way through Nancy Guthrie’s O Love That Will Not Let Me Go: Facing Death with Courageous Confidence in God. I’ve been encouraged by the biblical thinking of godly men about death. This morning I read this from John Eaves, a believer who was diagnosed […]Read More Thinking about…death
Some helpful articles from around the Internet. This week’s articles focus mainly on the topics of technology and counseling: Timothy Raymond has a list of “20 Things Pastors Hear in Counseling.” How many of these are you equipped to help people address biblically? John Piper reminds us why the Psalms are so significant in counseling […]Read More Grab bag
This morning I read this sentence from J. I. Packer: “It has become conventional to think as if we are all going to live in this world forever and to view every case of bereavement as a reason for doubting the goodness of God.” And then I read this sentence from Jesus (John 11:14-15): “Lazarus […]Read More Is death reason to doubt God?
Some helpful articles from the couple of weeks: Greg Lucas offers “Seven Lessons from the Disability Community:” God is both sovereign and good. You have been brought into this community for a purpose. Disability magnifies our vision for joy in the smallest things. Community brings much needed perspective Outspoken men are often minorities. When marriage […]Read More Grab bag
One final post about Christopher Hitchens. A couple of years ago, he and Douglas Wilson had a series of debates about the goodness of God and Christianity. This film was produced about those debates. HT: Justin Taylor.Read More Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson
The death of Christopher Hitchens this week has prompted much discussion among Christians. Justin Taylor reflects on Hitchens’ life through a remembrance of his own “crisis of faith” while in college. Taylor ultimately moved towards Christ while Hitchens was adamant of his rejection of Christ: Hitchens suspected there would be rumors of a deathbed conversion—but […]Read More How to think about the death of an unbeliever
Christopher Hitchens, considered a leader in the “New Atheism” movement, has died. Pastor and theologian Douglas Wilson, who had a long-standing relationship that grew out of a series of debates with Hitchens (he commented one time, “if Christopher and I were not careful, we were in danger of becoming friends”), has written a compelling reflection […]Read More A reflection on Christopher Hitchens’ death
The story of Victor Watters is a story of God’s grace in using cancer for His glory and the good of the cancer-ridden: Undoubtedly, Victor was on a mission to share the gospel with unbelievers — to spread the fragrance of Jesus everywhere. He did so with articulation and wisdom beyond his years. With his […]Read More How God used cancer in a 14-year-old
The hymn “It is Well with My Soul,” has been well-loved and sung for many generations, not only for its words, but also for the story behind the song. Here is that story, and more of the story than you perhaps already know, and a photo of the original manuscript of the song: HT: Justin […]Read More “It Is Well with My Soul”
It is rare to think of pain and suffering as a gift of God’s grace. Instead, most of the time, we argue with God about our plight, we complain and become angry about the “unfairness” of our suffering, and we assume that our circumstances are inherently bad. As a contrast, consider the testimony of Joni […]Read More Grace in suffering
A few days ago, Pat Robertson asserted that it was acceptable for one to divorce a spouse with Alzheimer’s since “Alzheimer’s is a form of death.” He continued, “I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial […]Read More ‘Til death do us part?