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All articles & reviews tagged with suffering

Review

October 2019
Reviews > Book

The majesty of God in the midst of innocent suffering — the message of Job

Walter Kaiser Jr is a distinguished Old Testament scholar with a high view of Scripture. The Majesty of God is a systematic and fairly detailed study of the book of Job, but Dr Kaiser whets our appetite at the very start by pointing out that Martin Luther considered Job as being ‘magnificent and sublime…

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News

September 2019
News > Church news

Cancer strikes budding preacher twice, threatening his speech

Reconciling suffering with a God of love is a staple of philosophical debate, but it became a painful reality for Ole Kristian Hunt, an elder at Grace Baptist Church, Ulverston, in Cumbria. At just 26, he was diagnosed with cancer. In a moving testimony at Grace Evangelical Church, Carlisle, he traced the ups and…

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Article

February 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

Freed, but at a price

Just days before Easter 2018, Redouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old Moroccan criminal, opened fire on passengers in a car in southern France, killing one.  Minutes later he fired on a group of police officers who were jogging near the castle in Carcassonne. He then drove to the town of Trèbes and stormed a supermarket, shooting…

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Article

August 2017
Articles > Guest column

Coping with suffering

In responding to suffering, some Christians have wrongly thought that God can only meaningfully comfort us if he suffers with us in his divine nature and experiences our pain (ET Guest Column, July 2017). This is a tempting point of view, but it is the wrong answer to suffering, because God is transcendent and…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > Guest column

Right and wrong answers to suffering

Suffering is a reality we all experience. Although it is used by some to reject God’s existence, when properly understood, it confirms just how much we need God. But what kind of a God do we need? It is important that we find a thoroughly biblical answer to this question, because many sincere people…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Guest column

Suffering — a real problem

One thing common to all humanity is the perplexing experience of suffering. Notable examples, like wars and earthquakes, make the news headlines, but most suffering is not on the ‘news’. Yet it is known to all as it walks among our friends, family and communities: the loss of a spouse, the death of a…

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Article

July 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Count it all joy

Last month we considered some rather extraordinary advice, namely, that Christians should 'count it all joy' when they 'fall into various trials' (James 1:2). Why should we be joyful in the face of trouble? Scripture gives us four reasons, the first being that trials are sent by God to refine and purify our faith,…

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