Conformity to Christ in Suffering

In his book, Why Does it Have to Hurt?: The Meaning of Christian Suffering, Dan McCartney has some very thoughtful words commenting on 1 Pet 2:4-9: The foundation stone, "capstone" (v.7), or "cornerstone" (v.6) is clearly Jesus.  As Peter points out, the Old Testament prophesied that people would reject this one on whom the people… Continue reading Conformity to Christ in Suffering

Sharing in Christ’s Sufferings

Over the past few months, my colleague at Christ Reformed Church, Ken Samples, has been teaching about suffering in the Christian life.  As a textbook for his Sunday school class, he has recommended When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes. I have been reading through… Continue reading Sharing in Christ’s Sufferings

How should we then grieve? The pros and cons of John Flavel’s “Facing Grief.”

Grieving the death of a friend or loved one is something that all of us will do one day, if we have not done so already.  Indeed, so pervasive is death and the curse that all of us will do this many, many times depending on how long we live.  In light of the universality… Continue reading How should we then grieve? The pros and cons of John Flavel’s “Facing Grief.”

Sproul on the Curse and the Cross

In his excellent little book, The Truth of the Cross, R.C. Sproul discusses the Ancient Near Eastern  (Sumerians, Akkadians, etc.) treaties/covenants and how parts of them were pretty much universal back then.  He then shows now the blessings and curses of the Mosaic covenant point to Christ.  In the light of the curse specifically, Sproul… Continue reading Sproul on the Curse and the Cross

Eldersveld and Suffering

Peter Eldersveld, a CRC minister from around 40 years ago, wrote a nice little booklet in the '60's all about suffering and Christianity (Sharing His Suffering[Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1961]).  I was reading this very recently while working through Isaiah 52.13-53.12.  During my studies, I was struck by Eldersveld's words in light of recent media reports about… Continue reading Eldersveld and Suffering