What is the Christian Obligation to a Friend in Pain?

Kelly Kapic, PhD

What is the Christian Obligation to a Friend in Pain?

Good Instincts

When we see people in pain we rightly want to help. We want to make everything better. That is a noble intuition that reflects a good Creator God.

When Jesus encountered people dealing with hurts, he very often brought his healing touch. He restored sight to the blind, enabled the lame to walk, and opened the ears of the deaf, indicating the nature of his kingship and his Kingdom. His life and proclamation promised a new creation where there will be no pain, fear, or tears. Nevertheless, it was but a taste. Those he healed still died; their temporary healing pointed toward a full and final renewal that has not yet come.

Death and the Church, Part III

Robert C. Kurka, DMin

I have intentionally titled this series, “Death and the Church.” Given the highly individualistic character of Western culture, many complex human issues are viewed as personal concerns to be dealt with in a manner that keeps friends, neighbors, and even family at a distance. The well-known expression “It is none of your business,” epitomizes an isolationism that has become a core value of American culture. Indeed, “individual autonomy” is given first place among bioethical principles in the so-called “Georgetown Mantra."

C. S. Lewis and The Abolition of Man

Sarah Abbey, MA

What does it mean to be human? This is not a new question. We have been wondering, searching for answers, and debating the purpose of our existence throughout the ages. As the great poet and ancient king of Israel once asked of God,

What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them? (Psalm 8:4, NIV)

The questions may not be new, but the context we currently find ourselves in has brought about new complexities—and confusions—in our search for answers.

Rachel Crying for Her Children: Remembering the Childless in Our Churches

Will Honeycutt, DMin

Another Mother’s Day has recently come and gone—a day of happiness and celebration. Many churches honor mothers by inviting them to stand and by giving special recognition to the oldest mother, the youngest mother, and the mother with the greatest number of children.

But this happy day is not a happy day for all. Along with those who are mothers, there are also women who have discovered, perhaps again, that they will not be mothers. Another cycle of fertility treatments has failed, or they have suffered another miscarriage.