There are, of course, many different kinds of suffering in life. Some suffering comes as a direct consequence of our own sinful choices or other people’s sinful choices. Other suffering comes directly from Satan and his demons or indirectly, through people used as Satan’s pawns. Still other suffering is a result of God’s discipline, as … More He could have walked away
Several years ago one of my university faculty colleagues was looking through his mail. He had just received a catalogue featuring religious jewelry. As he flipped through the catalogue, he started making fun of all the different kinds of crosses, asking me, “Hey, Mike—would you like a sterling silver cross, a gold-plated one, or maybe … More Jewelry or Torture?
The cross is often mysteriously absent in the theology taught in many American churches. It might show up in reference to Jesus’s death on the cross, but it is often missing as a sign of discipleship. Many American Christians simply don’t see suffering as part of the normal Christian life. In an interview, Elizabeth … More The Cross: sign of discipleship