When God Feels Far Away

When God Feels Far Away

“God, I know you’re not mean, but it feels like it today.” My wife, Sarah, and I were sitting—devastated—in the car outside our doctor’s office. My wife’s blunt prayer was all she could muster. Our prior appointment was to confirm a long-awaited pregnancy after the...
Lament Leads to Praise

Lament Leads to Praise

The Bible commands believers to rejoice in all circumstances. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18, ESV) “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of...
Pastoral Lament for Tyler Trent

Pastoral Lament for Tyler Trent

On Tuesday I received a text I feared would be coming soon: “Tyler Trent just passed into heaven.” Based upon what I was hearing from his parents, Tony and Kelly, I knew Tyler was entering his final days. But the sober reality of that definitive text was...