Aug 4, 2011

Why, O God?: Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church

Suffering and disability have been innate human problems since the Fall. The topic presents a number of pastoral, theological, philosophical, and practical challenges. So I am excited to share a new resource that seeks to address these challenges biblically and from an Evangelical perspective.

Larry J. Waters and Roy B. Zuck, eds., Why, O God?: Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011).

Publisher’s Description:

With two in seven American families affected by disability, the body of Christ has a great opportunity for ministry. This new anthology uniquely points the way, training churches, caregivers, pastors, and counselors to compassionately respond.
The book’s contributors—ranging from Joni Eareckson Tada and others living with disabilities, to seminary professors, ministry leaders, and medical professionals—do more than offer a biblical perspective on suffering and disability; they draw from very personal experiences to explore Christians’ responsibility toward those who suffer. The volume addresses various disabilities and age-related challenges, end-of-life issues, global suffering, and other concerns—all the while reminding readers that as they seek to help the hurting, they will be ministered to in return.
This unprecedented work, which includes a foreword by Randy Alcorn, belongs in the hands of every Christian worker and caring individual who is seeking a real-world, biblical perspective on suffering. 

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Randy Alcorn

Part 1 Challenge and Need

1. Redeeming Suffering – Joni Eareckson Tada
2. A Biblical Disability-Ministry Perspective – Daniel R. Thomson
3. Church-Based Disability Ministry – Jessica James Baldridge
4. Disabilities and the Church – Michael A. Justice
5. The Rolling Throne – Greg A. Hatteberg

Part 2 Biblical Foundations

6. Suffering in the Pentateuch – Stephen J. Bramer
7. Suffering in the Historical Books – Stephen J. Bramer
8. Suffering in the Book of Job – Larry J. Waters
9. Suffering in the Psalms and Wisdom Books – Ronald B. Allen
10. Suffering in the Writing Prophets (Isaiah to Malachi) – Stephen J. Bramer
11. A Biblical Theology of Suffering in Gospels – Mark L. Bailey
12. Suffering in Acts and the Pauline Epistles – Stanley D. Toussaint
13. Suffering in the Non-Pauline Epistles – James E. Allman
14. Suffering in the Book of Revelation – Thomas L. Constable

Part 3 Theology, Pastoral Ministry, and Missions

15. Receiving Evil from God – Douglas K. Blount
16. Pastoral Care and Disability – Victor D. Anderson
17. Global Suffering – James A. Neathery

Part 4 Counseling and Professional Services

18. Dealing with Disabilities in Adults – Amy J. Wilson
19. Children with Disabilities – Patricia Evans
20. Bioethics and Suffering – Richard L. Voet
21. Death and Dying ­– Linda M. Martin

Part 5 Conclusion
22. Wheelchairs in Heaven? – Joni Eareckson Tada

General index
Scripture Index

You can read an excerpt here.

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