‘Christ and Calamity,’ with Dr. Harold Senkbeil

Dr. Harold Senkbeil returns to the show to discuss his book 'Christ and Calamity' with Derek and Alastair.

Dr. Harold Senkbeil—Adjunct Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary and Executive Director with DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel—joins Derek and Alastair to discuss his latest book, Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley. Listen in to hear them discuss why mere ideas are not sufficient to help those who are suffering, why calamity is its own category of suffering, how to endure tragedy without immediately trying to fix it, the suffering uniquely caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and more.


Excerpt of ‘Christ and Calamity’: “When You Bear Your Cross, Christ is Your King,” by Harold Senkbeil


Calamity and the Christian Life
Has the church failed to prepare people for calamity?
The difficulty of looking for Christ amidst calamity
How to disrupt the isolation caused by pain
Enduring tragedy without immediately trying to fix it
How to be a faithful companion
Using the psalms in our suffering
Is it ever alright to try and zone out from what is ailing us?
How we can prepare for suffering before we experience it
How God speaks into our situation beyond mere ideas

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