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Understanding Suffering in Relation to End of Life with Joni Eareckson Tada

Understanding Suffering in Relation to End of Life with Joni Eareckson Tada

Our lives have value until the very end of them, even when we experience the pain of the "left hand of God," as Joni calls it. In this one day Focus on the Family broadcast Jim Daly & John Fuller talk with Joni Eareckson Tada over her book, When is it Right to Die? Joni powerfully shares what she has learned about joy in the midst of chronic pain and suffering; and how no one can determine...

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Trials & Suffering | Ligonier Ministries Panel Discussion

Trials & Suffering | Ligonier Ministries Panel Discussion

It's not often we find very strong, theological discussions about suffering and trials. Recently, Ligonier Ministries streamed a panel discussion about it. It featured Derek Thomas, Dr. Burk Parsons, and Chris Larson, CEO of Ligonier. While the discussion was largely...

Rooting out our inner Eliphaz and Bildad

Rooting out our inner Eliphaz and Bildad

There is one verse in Job that I find to be outrageous. It’s a statement made by fool named Bildad. Bildad has a theory about why all ten of Job’s children were killed by a whirlwind. In fact, it’s not just a theory, it’s a theology. It’s a stunning, out-of-bounds...

“I can’t imagine what you’re going through”

“I can’t imagine what you’re going through”

Two years ago today my wife and I buried our 18yo son, our third child, Tristan, who took his life by his own hand. When someone learns about our loss, the most common response we hear is, “I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine what you’re going through!” That’s a correct...

The Spirit Returns to God Who Gave It

The Spirit Returns to God Who Gave It

...and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Eccl 12:7 This is a morbid verse. I seem to be drawn to dwell on morbid things since losing a child. Verses like these consume me because this is the reality where my heart and...

Singing and the Heavy Heart

Singing and the Heavy Heart

Have you ever found it hard to sing at church? For more than a year after my son’s death, not only could I not sing in church, I couldn’t even listen to music. My wife was different. She needed music playing all the time, and played Shane & Shane endlessly. That’s...

Toby Mac on Losing a Child and Grief

Toby Mac on Losing a Child and Grief

Toby Mac lost his son in October 2019. When I saw his eyes, I could tell they were the eyes of a man who lost his son, because those eyes are my eyes. Like he says, he may smile and he may laugh, but he will never smile or laugh the way he once did. I understand that....