Tag: suffering

Words from the Cross

Yesterday was Good Friday. We take time on that day to consider deeply what Jesus suffered for us. There are many paintings of Christ on the Cross, but few that try to show what He saw as He hung there. This one, by Jame Tissot, is, I think, thought-provoking. From the Cross, Jesus uttered some very dramatic words: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”; “This day you shall be with me in Paradise.” Other words may… Read more »

The Lessons of Pain

I’m currently teaching a weekly class at my church that I have titled “C. S. Lewis on Life, Death, and Eternity.” We just finished his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, and will, this next week, examine key chapters in The Problem of Pain, certainly a significant part of life as we all know it. Lewis began writing this book in 1939 and was able to read it chapter-by-chapter to the Inklings when they met. I’m sure the feedback he received was… Read more »

From Five Minutes to Twenty-Two Years

Christian History magazine sent out this account this morning of a man I had never heard of previously. His sufferings in Castro’s prisons is a testimony of how God can use someone in even the worst circumstances. I offer it here for everyone’s edification. NOBLE ALEXANDER (1934–2002) was a Seventh Day Adventist religious leader in Cuba. In an interview with Ronald Geraty, he described Castro’s coming as a tragedy. Castro arrested many Christians and political opponents and held them for… Read more »

To Love at All Is to Be Vulnerable

Re-reading any work by C. S. Lewis is hardly a waste of one’s time. I go back continually to what he has written because I keep finding new treasures, even in passages that I already know to some extent. For instance, in The Four Loves, there is a part that is often quoted—I have quoted it—yet I forgot the context in which Lewis penned it. It’s in the final chapter, the one on “Charity.” The greater context is the concern… Read more »

Lewis’s Nuggets of Gold

Reading through C. S. Lewis’s letters to Americans during my sabbatical was a genuine pleasure. There are so many nuggets of gold in those letters that I couldn’t include them all in my new book, America Discovers C. S. Lewis. On the topic of suffering, for instance, here are a couple of gems. Writing to regular correspondent Mary Van Deusen on this topic, Lewis opines, That suffering is not always sent as a punishment is clearly established for believers by… Read more »

Lewis: Faithful Correspondent

It’s been both a revelation and a joy to be able to sit in my study and systematically go through C. S. Lewis’s collected letters, concentrating on the correspondence he had with Americans. He became quite personal with a good number of regular correspondents, sharing tidbits of his life and offering whatever advice he could when they asked questions regarding the Christian life. One of those letters, from January 1954, may provide a perfect example of how he combined the… Read more »

Pray for the Persecuted

I’m not going to say much today, except to draw attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Latest reports are that even children are being beheaded by radical Islamists. They have no mercy. Please devote at least a few minutes to praying for those suffering this persecution. We need to remember those who are standing for our Lord. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as… Read more »