Ken Samples Reflects on Suffering and Death

My colleague at Christ Reformed Church, Ken Samples, has written a very edifying series of posts over on his blog about a Christian approach to suffering and death.  Clearly written, firmly grounded biblically, theologically, and philosophically, and written very personally by one who faced a terrifying illness of his own almost 10 years ago, Ken’s posts are a fine summary of some of the things we should keep in mind either while suffering ourselves, or while coming alongside a brother or sister in the midst of trials.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Several fine books have been written about suffering.  Noteworthy (in my opinion) are:

Michael Horton, A Place for Weakness (formerly titled, Too Good to be True)

D.A. Carson, How Long, O Lord?

Nancy Guthrie, Be Still, My Soul

I should say that I find Horton’s book to be the best all-around treatment.  It is robustly theological, unswervingly Christocentric and very tender and pastoral.

But I’ve also found Guthrie’s book to be a special blessing.  This is an edited volume wherein she has collected 25 excerpts about pain and suffering from a wide range of writers – John Calvin, R.C. Sproul, Joni Eareckson Tada, John Newton, Abraham Kuyper, St. Augustine, Charles Spurgeon, Corrie ten Boom, Martin Luther, Sinclair Ferguson and J.I. Packer – to mention only a few.

Though primarily as an apologist and philosopher, Ken’s writing is eminently pastoral.  His two most recent books, A World of Difference and Without a Doubt are great reads!

Andrew Compton
Lakewood, CA

3 thoughts on “Ken Samples Reflects on Suffering and Death”

  1. I would echo Richard’s comment – Horton’s book (I read the Too Good to Be True version) is very gentle and very impactful.

    Thanks for these recommendations on other resources!


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