Tag: Suffering


THE LESSON OF THE THORN — 2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10

Self-sufficiency is an American trademark. I suppose we come by it from the pioneer spirit of our early heroes: Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clarke, Davy Crockett. Our motto is often the line from William Henley’s poem “Invictus”: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” The essence of sin   …Continue Reading


THE MINISTRY OF THE THORN – CANCER & GOD’S GRACE – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

On Thursday, October 22, I preached in chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was my first chapel sermon since the home going of my wife, Sherri. The text is 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  During her 3 year and 9 month battle with cancer, Sherri learned to depend upon God’s grace. She discovered that it truly   …Continue Reading


Should Brittany Maynard Commit Suicide?

Twenty-nine year old Brittany Maynard’s story is heart-rending on several levels. Shortly after her marriage she learned she had terminal brain cancer. Doctors were forthright in their prognosis that she would have about six months to live and that her final days before death would likely be agonizing. Oregon law permits a person with a   …Continue Reading


Perspective

NOTE: This post is from my wife, Sherri, who has been fighting stage four cancer for three years. Read it carefully. You will be blessed. Friends, It’s so simple. “Jesus love me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Yet, it’s life changing; it’s more than we can really understand. I’m not sure   …Continue Reading


“Nailed to a Bed of Pain: Lessons on Life and Suffering from John Donne”

“God never uses a man greatly until he hurts him deeply.” So said A. W. Tozer. Few men can attest to this truth like John Donne, the 17th century English preacher, poet, and Dean of St. Paul’s Church in London from 1621 until his death in 1631. Today Donne is more known for his poetry   …Continue Reading