Interviews on Suffering

The Mystery of Sorrowful Rejoicing

by John Piper

In episode 387, we share an excerpt from a sermon preached by Pastor John in 2005 regarding rejoicing in suffering.

Do My Sufferings Complete Christ’s?

by John Piper

In episode 355, Pastor John talks about the role of suffering in making Jesus known.

Depression

Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders

by Randy Alcorn and David Mathis

Randy Alcorn discusses going deep with God during seasons of depression.

Losing a Loved One

Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders

by David Mathis and Lyle Dorsett

Lyle Dorsett discusses the tragic loss of his daughter.

Finding Joy When Life Hurts Most

by Tony Reinke and John Piper

In episode 208, Pastor John talks about finding joy in God even in the midst of sorrow

What Pains Here Bring Greater Reward in Heaven?

by Tony Reinke and John Piper

In Episode 199, Pastor John talks about how suffering is preparing us for glory.

How Do You Process Public Tragedy?

by Tony Reinke and John Piper

In Episode 85, John Piper talks about how he processes public tragedy.

The Doctrine of Suffering

Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders

by David Platt

David Platt highlights five truths essential to how we understand suffering.

If God Wants Me to Be Happy, Why Do I Have So Much Suffering?

by John Piper

John Piper says God arranges our circumstances to help make us happier in him.

What Do You Think of Christians Taking Antidepressants?

by John Piper

John Piper says that getting help from physical means doesn't have to imply a lack of trust in God.

How Would You Counsel Someone Who Is Angry At God for Creating Them?

by John Piper

John Piper suggests three ways to help sufferers trust in God.

Should We Question Our Salvation If We Hate the Idea of Suffering?

by John Piper

John Piper says that moments of spiritual weakness should not cause us to doubt our salvation, but to repent.

If We Suffer, Does That Mean God Is Our Enemy?

by John Piper

John Piper draws a distinction between the punishment of a judge and the discipline of a father.

Is It Crazy to Think That We Can Rejoice In Suffering?

by John Piper

John Piper shows how joy in suffering is the right response for Christians.

Can We Learn Something From Job's Friends About How to Help the Hurting?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should be slow to speak when ministering to those who are suffering.

How Do You Talk About Suffering With People Who Are In the Midst of It?

by John Piper

John Piper says to show support first and offer explanations later.

Should Suffering Lead to Self-Examination?

by John Piper

John Piper says that pain is sometimes God's way of calling attention to an area of sin in our lives.

Can Faithful Living Exempt Me From Suffering?

by John Piper

John Piper says there's no correlation between obedience and earthly ease.

Why Would a Christian Choose to Suffer?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should choose suffering for love's sake, not to test God.

Does Suffering Always Make Sense?

by John Piper

John Piper says that even though we don't understand our suffering, God does, and that with him it is totally worth enduring.

Should Christians Use Anti-Depressants?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how psychological medicines, when used carefully, can be helpful.