Tears & Trials Are Not Long (McCheyne)

In a letter dated March 8, 1843, Robert Murray McCheyne was trying to console someone who was struggling with heart issues. I don't mean medical issues. Instead, this person had some spiritual heart issues such as sinfulness, struggling under trials, and the fear of man. Speaking of the trials, here's how McCheyne gave comforting words… Continue reading Tears & Trials Are Not Long (McCheyne)

A Hymn on Suffering (Wesley)

It's been awhile since I posted a song here for "Music Monday" so I thought I'd find another one worth sharing. Today's hymn is one by Charles Wesley and it's about suffering as a Christian. Notice how this hymn is a prayer that alludes to Daniel 3, 2 Corinthians 12:9, and 1 Peter 1:7e Thee,… Continue reading A Hymn on Suffering (Wesley)

“When the Stars Disappear” A Review

Mark Talbot knows firsthand what suffering is about. He's gone through his share of trials in his Christian life. Talbot's book, When the Stars Disappear, is a discussion about suffering from a biblical perspective. It's a very short book - it's less than 100 pages of writing. And it's not a difficult book to read,… Continue reading “When the Stars Disappear” A Review

Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death

When John Bunyan was in prison in 1665 he wrote a poem called "Prison Meditations Directed to the Heart of Suffering Saints and Reigning Sinners." Here's a part of it I thought our readers would appreciate: 5. I am, indeed, in prison nowIn body, but my mindIs free to study Christ, and howUnto me he… Continue reading Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death

Overcoming Evil (Guinness)

(This is a re-post from September 2010. I wanted to put it up here again since I've been listening to The Brothers Karamazov.) Os Guinness: "For Christians who believe that Jesus is kinsman redeemer and Messiah, their faith centers on a scandal that no time can rub smooth and no triumphs ever soften: A tortured… Continue reading Overcoming Evil (Guinness)