Suffering & Glory recovers some of the best Holy Week and Easter articles from half a century of Christianity Today. Guiding readers from Palm Sunday to Pentecost and including contributions from Tish Harrison Warren, J. I. Packer, Nancy Guthrie, and Eugene Peterson, Suffering & Glory will remind readers of the beauty of Christ’s death and resurrection.
The Eastertide season has been celebrated by Christians across history in every tribe, nation, and tongue. I am thankful for this collection of essays celebrating the diverse voices that make up a symphony of Easter reflections from the church.
—Brandon D. Smith, Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University; Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal
In this compilation of meditations from Christianity Today, we see a delightful blend of the personal and the philosophical, the old and the new, all pointing to the world-altering truth of Easter, disrupting the comforts of a world where Jesus remained in the grave. From calls to live out the implications of the Resurrection in our daily lives to reminders of the implausibility of the skeptics’ favorite tropes, this collection makes for a wonderful resource for the believer’s Easter contemplations.
—Timothy D. Padgett, Managing Editor, the Colson Center; author, Swords and Plowshares; editor, Dual Citizens
“But it is through weakness that we learn to cling to God’s strength. And the ‘weakness’ that Paul speaks of does not refer to sinfulness but to the adversities of ordinary life. In the difficulty of transition, God is our constant. In the frailness of old age, God is our strength. In the darkness of depression, God is our hope. God is not waiting for us on the other side of suffering; he meets us in our suffering.” (Page 45)
“But Christ did not come so that we might all be assimilated, but so that we might be reconciled” (Pages 8–9)
“But that’s the logic of the American dream, not the gospel. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, ‘A king who dies on the cross must be the king of a rather strange kingdom.’ A strange kingdom indeed. And the king who was glorified on the cross advances his kingdom by calling his followers to take up their own crosses.” (Page 44)
“Father said ‘no’ to Jesus so that he could say ‘yes’ to you and me for all eternity. Jesus drank the cup of wrath to the dregs so that you and I can drink from the cup of salvation forever in the greater Garden to come.” (Page 35)
“Jesus knew we needed to die before we were ever born, and he provided the means for that in dying for us.” (Page 12)
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