Challenges to Humanity

Liz Hall: Our Suffering Has a Purpose

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In the Christ and Culture podcast with Ken Keathley and Benjamin Quinn, we explore how the Christian faith intersects all avenues of today’s culture through conversations with leading thinkers.

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Liz Hall wasn’t prepared to suffer. She’d studied suffering in her academic career, but a cancer diagnosis made her realize that she needed to make these truths personal. So how can people draw on their faith in times of suffering, and how can we better prepare ourselves and others to suffer well? (The conversation starts at 11:00.)

Plus, in “Headlines” (1:10) Dr. Todd von Helms discusses evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, and in “On My Bookshelf” (33:25) Dr. Von Helms highlights his new book Prayerful: How the Scriptures, History, and Experience Can Shape Our Prayers.

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I was caught very unprepared for my suffering.


  • “I was caught very unprepared for my suffering…. When a cancer diagnosis hit my life, I felt profoundly unprepared to deal with it. we really don’t do a good job in our sector of Christianity to prepare people to face suffering well. The theology of suffering we offer is not a low-hanging fruit that people just know how to think about it, how to cope with it.”
  • “American Christianity is very triumphalistic. We are happy and identify very well with a Jesus who conquered death and suffering. But we don’t really have much of a place in our structures and our theology for the whole of process of going through suffering. Unfortunately I think we tend to minimize suffering a bit.”

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