Cookies must be enabled to use this web application.

To allow this site to use cookies, use the steps that apply to your browser below. If your browser is not listed below, or if you have any questions regarding this site, please contact us.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • 1. Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • 2. Click on the "Privacy" tab.
  • 3. Click the "Default" button.
  • 4. Click "OK" to save changes.
Chrome Chrome
  • 1. Click the "Spanner" icon in the top right of the browser.
  • 2. Click Options and change to the "Under the Hood" tab.
  • 3. Scroll down until you see "Cookie settings:".
  • 4. Set this to "Allow all cookies".
Firefox Firefox
  • 1. Go to the "Tools" menu and select "Options".
  • 2. Click the "Privacy" icon on the top of the window.
  • 3. Click on the "Cookies" tab.
  • 4. Check the box corresponding to "Allow sites to set Cookies.
  • 5. Click "OK" to save changes.
Opera Opera
  • 1. Click on the "Tools" menu and then click Preferences.
  • 2. Change to the Advanced tab, and to the cookie section.
  • 3. Select "Accept cookies only from the site I visit" or "Accept cookies".
  • 4. Ensure "Delete new cookies when exiting Opera" is not ticked.
  • 5. Click OK.
Netscape and Mozilla Suite Netscape and Mozilla Suite
  • 1. Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.
  • 2. Click on the arrow next to "Privacy & Security".
  • 3. Under "Privacy & Security" select "Cookies".
  • 4. Select "Enable all cookies".
  • 5. Click "OK" to save changes.
Safari Safari
  • 1. Click on the "Cog" icon in Safari.
  • 2. Click Preferences.
  • 3. Change to the Security tab.
  • 4. Select "Only from sites I visit" or "Allow".
  • 5. Close the dialog using the cross.
Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available
Book details
  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Biblical Studies / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:35
  • eBook ISBN:9781620957073

Reflections on Suffering

Defining Our Crosses and Letting Go of Pain

by Chris Pepple

Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available
Overview
Why write about suffering? Because it is a question I have had to address so often in my own life and throughout my ministry. People want to know, “Why?” Why do Christians face devastating tragedies in their lives? Why do cities flood? Why do children die from cancer? Why does an earthquake reduce an area to a pile of rubble? Why do pedophiles get released only to then murder someone’s daughter? Why do drunk drivers kill innocent children? Why does domestic violence still exist in families in our churches? Through this book, I hope readers or class participants open their minds and their hearts to examine honestly the crosses God may be asking us to bear along with ways to end needless suffering in our world.
Description
Why write about suffering? Because it is a question I have had to address so often in my own life and throughout my ministry. People want to know, “Why?” Why do Christians face devastating tragedies in their lives? Why do cities flood? Why do children die from cancer? Why does an earthquake reduce an area to a pile of rubble? Why do pedophiles get released only to then murder someone’s daughter? Why do drunk drivers kill innocent children? Why does domestic violence still exist in families in our churches? I also wanted to address the issues surrounding suffering that are often confused with carrying our cross. Are we called to suffer as Christians? If so, what does this suffering look like? Many people confuse the suffering that God hopes we work to end with the suffering that he asks us to carry. Through this book, I hope readers or class participants open their minds and their hearts to examine honestly the crosses God may be asking us to bear along with ways to end needless suffering in our world. I began this book with a fictional account of a woman named Maggie facing a suffering world and facing her own suffering. I chose this story to open the conversation about suffering in general without focusing on any personal account for readers.
About the author
I am a freelance writer with three TCPRA awards for outstanding feature articles. My articles have appeared in the New Social Worker, Tennessee Conservationist, Learning through History, the National Christian Reporter and other state and national publications. I have one other published book: Look to See Me: A Collection of Reflections. I received my Master of Divinity degree from Emory University where I graduated with honors and was nominated for the John Owen Smith Preaching Award. My internships included serving through the chaplaincy office with Emory Hospital, serving as program director for Eagle’s Wings Women’s Interfaith Center and interning as a personal mentor for individuals with mental retardation. I was selected to preach in Cannon Chapel as a student preacher, wrote liturgy for special services, and led a Service of Healing for faculty, staff and students of Candler School of Theology. I am the mother of two daughters who delight me with their own faith, courage and love. From May 2006 through November 2010, I served as the writer on staff at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. While in Nashville, I served on the Adult Education Council of Bellevue United Methodist Church. I was also actively engaged at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, leading their VBS refreshment committee for three years and teaching 1st grade Sunday school for one year. During my years at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, I served in various internships and worked for two years as a youth minister at local churches, including a church in Social Circle, Ga. I have taught a 12-week course on the book of Revelation; I led a seminar on Writing Your Faith during Lipscomb University’s Summer Celebration lectureship. I am currently settling into a new congregation in Collierville, Tenn., while homeschooling my daughters.
Thanks for submitting a review!

Your review will need to be approved by the author before being posted.

See Inside
Front Cover

Loading book cover...

Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available
Session Expiration WarningYour session is due to expire.

Your online session is due to expire shortly.
Would you like to extend your session and remain logged in?

Session Expired

Your session has expired.We're sorry, but your online session has expired.
Please log back into your account to continue.