Opinion | Church
God Made Our Brains to Need Others
Both science and Scripture invite us to share our suffering.
I know it sounds strange. Chronic health conditions bring pain, suffering, and frustration—circumstances we feel powerless to control. My autoimmune
interview | Discipleship
After 50 Years in a Wheelchair, I Still Walk with Jesus
On the anniversary of her accident, Joni Eareckson Tada reflects on God’s faithfulness.
you've endured stage-three breast cancer and currently suffer from severe chronic pain. In your experience, how can Christians walk in the tension between accepting suffering that may
Opinion | Discipleship
The California Fires Are Purifying My Priorities
The threat of disaster forces me to reckon with salvation—mine and others.
wake-up call to us. This world is full of suffering, and God has a new one in store that will have no remnants of pain or crying. But we are not there yet
Opinion | Discipleship
Confessions of a Christian Prepper
My hope shouldn’t lie in survival skills and stockpiles.
a Christian, I'm freed, in theory, from the burden of trying to avoid death and suffering at all burdens of this fallen world, “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Rev.
Opinion | Church
Lamenting Las Vegas: How Country Music Marks an American Tragedy
After a mass shooting, we can find solace in an art form steeped in Scripture.
After a mass shooting, we can find solace in an art form steeped in Scripture.
interview | Discipleship
Q&A: Ministering to Gang Members Is God’s Work
Why a juvenile justice advocate builds relationships with Chicago’s most vulnerable young men.
It's a lethal absence of hope, as Father Greg Boyle puts it. And violence is just a symptom. Our communities often think that more policing and incarcerating is going to fix the problem.
Opinion | Family
Breast Cancer Marred My Picture-Perfect Marriage
How we found God’s mercy as we faced deep division we’d never experienced before.
of marriage, nothing excavates the hardened soil of our hearts like suffering.” That suffering can be Simultaneous joy and pain—just as the love I felt for Corey deepened right alongside
The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness
God sees me and my pain even when others cannot.
The Holy Spirit empowers me to communicate my suffering to the world. God's presence in pain pushes me to share my experience with loved ones in a way that drives away isolation.
interview | Discipleship
A Stroke Freed Me to Redefine Beauty
Former model Katherine Wolf reveals how a nearly fatal experience altered her faith.
“The Cross and the suffering of Christ in the kingdom of God, we know it is the ultimate source of beauty because it means that the end of the story is no longer sadness, pain, and death
interview | Family
Sanya Richards-Ross: My Abortion Broke Me; God Redeemed Me
The Olympic gold medalist opens up about faith, failure, and grace.
explores her spiritual journey through both victories and failures— losing and winning races, facing disappointments in relationships on and off the track, enduring the pain of Behçet's
Opinion | former TCW issue
Joni Eareckson Tada: “Don’t Deny Christ. The Stakes Are Too High”Subscriber access only
How suffering drives us to the Cross
You have endured tremendous suffering—living with quadriplegia, surviving stage-3 breast cancer, and enduring intense chronic pain for more than 15 years.
Opinion | Sexuality
The Mystery of My HealingSubscriber access only
Unexplainable relief is a reminder of God’s grace, wholeness, and incarnation.
I can't remember when it began, but for the past few years, a constant pain has hugged my lower back. With each solution, the pain faded, only to come back in a few days or weeks.
Let's Be Honest: Labor Is Trauma
As a doula and a mother, I know from experience that labor requires intense suffering.
I'd had a flashback and felt as if I were twisting in pain in the hospital bed and cavalier—“Look how absurd I look in my mom-diaper!” about something that involves intense suffering.
Reporting | Family
Why Are Our Children So Anxious?
Unpacking the reasons behind childhood and adolescent anxiety—and the hope we find in the gospel.
to think that anxiety is a completely spiritual problem; that the or a counselor can enter a child's pain through extending come to prevent people from ever experiencing suffering but to
Opinion | Discipleship
What the Hygge Trend Tells Me About True Comfort
I like warm socks, coffee, and a cozy fire. But real, sustainable self-care involves something unexpected.
are temporal. So what is truly comforting? That God is present with us in our suffering—a promise we find over and over again in Scripture. For this reason
Opinion | Pop Culture
B. B. King, My Soundtrack for SufferingSubscriber access only
What the late King of the Blues reminded me about the King of Kings.
to in those years, the blues offered encouragement not through denial of suffering, but despite it. get, the blues musician always finds a way to wrest something beautiful from deep pain.
What I Needed From the Church During My Depression
3 ways our communities can support mental health.
state because it's often impossible to discern the problem from the that on the other side of your pain is something It gets better” campaign, but many people suffering from depression or
Opinion | former TCW issue
From Wailing to Worship
How my darkest hour revealed God’s brightest glory
In my late thirties, I was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome, a debilitating disease marked by pain and escalating weakness. I started sobbing as I realized this was the crux of my pain.
Opinion | Sexuality
The History We’d Prefer to ForgetSubscriber access only
Why we pass on pain to the next generation.
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The Casserole-Toting Church Ladies Hold the Secret To Happiness
I found unexpected heroes—and a model for faithful living—in the elderly women at my church.
The Casserole-Toting Church Ladies Hold the Secret To Happiness. I found unexpected heroes—and a model for faithful living—in the elderly women at my church.