Help for the Hurting: Posts for Those Suffering (And Those Who Love Them)

For those who may be suffering today and for those who love those who are suffering today, I’ve collected a number of previous posts below which provide perspective, help and hope in the midst of suffering… Why Does God Allow Suffering? A Concise Answer Flouring in the Hot Zone God’s Letters from Philippi He Hears […]

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The Truth About Life: A Case for Church (Rev. 1:12-20) Chris Altrock – 6/14/15

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Truth About Life

I met Jerry on a Sunday afternoon in the oldest neighborhood in Fort Worth, TX. He and I had gathered with a small group for Sunday dinner at the home of Steve and Lindsay. Steve preached at a nearby congregation. He and his family of five practiced a ministry of presence in this racially and economically diverse neighborhood. After devouring Lindsay’s pot roast, we pushed back from their long wooden plank table and shared stories. Most of our tales had a common theme: church. Steve and I preached for churches. A married couple at the table were training with Pioneer Bible Translators so they could take the church and its Book to others. Jerry and his wife taught the junior-high students at their church. We listened while Jerry discussed his desire to share Jesus with his patients and bring them to church. As a cancer doctor, he intersected the storylines of peoples’ lives in some of their most challenging chapters. Jerry believed God had called him to not just treat their bodies, but their hearts and souls as well. Still, he explained, he hadn’t been sure how to do this. He noticed another doctor who modeled one approach. This physician aggressively evangelized patients, sometimes explicitly telling them they didn’t have long on this earth and, unless they changed, they didn’t have a shot at heaven. Not only was the method ineffective, it was unethical. A visit from members of the medical board ended his pugnacious proselytizing.     

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The Truth About Life: Cloudy Forecast (Rev. 1:4-8) Chris Altrock – 6/7/15

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Truth About Life

A British scholar recently interviewed 1,000 young women between the ages of 13 and 20. [i]  She summarizes the result of those surveys with one word. Do you know what that word is? What one word describes young women in the U. S. and the U.K? It’s the word “anxious.” The scholar, Noreena Hertz, says […]

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How to Have a Spiritual Conversation with Your Kid(s)

On Wednesday night, May 27, Jeff Frizzell and I taught a class at the Highland Church of Christ in Memphis on raising kids to love God and engaging in spiritual conversations with kids. Jeff and his wife Beth are supreme models at both. They’ve raised kids who are wildly committed to God and to living […]

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