I Need God in My Suffering

Joni Eareckson Tada

When we wonder why we must suffer, we’re actually asking questions of someone. That someone is God. But why he created suffering doesn’t really matter. The only thing that matters is how we respond. When we can’t find the answers we’re looking for, we can find peace in the only true answer: We need God! Affliction is the lowest common denominator for all of us. Philippians 1:29 tells us to expect suffering: “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.” But no matter how strong our faith is, it’s natural to ask why.

Him Before Us: Wisdom to Inform Bioethical Conversation

Stephen P. Greggo, PsyD

The movie Me Before You has garnered attention on Intersections. . . In this second post, I explore the role that culture has on our Christian imagination. I ask clergy and ministry leaders: Are those providing pastoral care and counsel ready to engage on a theological level with families and individuals who are dealing with profound existential questions and range of health care choices?

Him Before All: Wisdom to Inform Bioethical Conversation

Stephen P. Greggo, PsyD

The movie Me Before You has garnered attention by several contributors on Intersections. See the posts by Joni Eareckson Tada and Will Honeycutt. In what follows I offer my voice to this conversation in two posts. In this first post, I explore this question for those who treasure the Triune God of Christianity: Are the vivid moral questions asked by our culture generating conversations in our faith communities?

The Challenge of Bringing Bioethics into Ministry

Nathan D. Babcock, MDiv

Before I re-entered the full-time preaching ministry in October 2012, I was deeply engaged in thinking, reading, and writing about bioethics. For several years I had been living with one foot in the local church—preaching and pastoring—and the other foot in the Christian academy—pursuing my Master of Divinity and working for the seminary at which I was studying.

My seminary studies introduced me to bioethics and also spurred my passion for exploring it theologically. I delivered a paper on nanotechnology, wrote another on cognitive enhancement, became a member of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, and attended their annual conferences. . .

Since then, however, my attention to bioethics has waned. So many other matters—the constant demands of pastoral care, leading a ministry staff, administrating programs and events, and weekly preaching, among others—have seemed more urgent, more necessary to the work I am called to do. My membership with CBHD lapsed. The bioethics books on my shelf have remained unread. My intention to educate church members about bioethics has gone unrealized. So, when the invitation came to write this piece I was surprised and, frankly, unprepared. My immediate thought was, “What on earth can I write about and not seem like a totally uninformed fool?” But it occurred to me that many pastors probably find it difficult, like I now do, to integrate bioethical education into the daily, monthly, and yearly work of local church leadership.