Introduction to the Special Issue: Suffering and the Christian Life

Volume
Volume 9
Issue
Issue 2, Fall 2016
Title
Introduction to the Special Issue: Suffering and the Christian Life
Abstract

This special issue of JSFSC attempts to fill a serious need—helping people face their suffering and using lament to do so. Suffering and lament are topics close to my heart and I want to thank Dr. Steve Porter (Managing Editor) for allowing me to pursue this special issue. Nine articles are presented here, offering theological reflection, some clinical innovation, and pastoral guidance. Suffering and lament are investigated in both the Old and New Testaments. So, a “spoiler alert”: lament did not end with the older testament, and this issue has much “grist” for thought when it comes to lament. Whether you are a pastor, counselor, professor, student, missionary, or spiritual mentor, I wanted to bring together some articles that not only face issues of suffering with courage, but named deep pain through lament—maybe the oldest exhale of worship.

Author
Dr. Andrew J. Schmutzer
Pages
147 - 150
Price
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