Hope Springs From Truth Rehearsed
Mark Vroegop has been the Lead Pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis since 2008. Along with being married to Sarah and the father of four children, he is a contributor to 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me, and an author of a future book entitled Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament (March 2019). Mark is also a conference speaker, a trustee at Cedarville University, and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.
New Zealand is on the other side of the world. The people killed were Muslim. But the distance in geography or in religious belief should not cause Christians to keep our distance from this grief. We should embrace the command of the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:14 to “weep with those who weep.”
As I’ve tried to help people in our church navigate the complicated and emotional waters of racial reconciliation, I found it important to recommend a book that fits their level of engagement and readiness. In other words, the right resource at the right time is helpful.
These safeguards are not fool-proof. But they do serve as a strong wall of defense in our efforts to create a safe place of spiritual growth for our children and teenagers.