There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

these are times that try…

Dustin Salter is the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus minister at Furman insalters.jpg Greenville, SC. He only recently left the same position at TCU. A few days ago, he suffered a head injury bicycling with his kids that has turned out to be far more serious than a “bicycling injury” might suggest. He is no longer on a ventilator, but unless the Lord intervenes significantly, Dustin, according to his doctors, will need long-term care. It sounds extremely devastating for him, his wife, Leigh Anne, and their three children.

They would, of course, welcome your prayers.

It is times like this that much in us is tried–confronted, tested, stretched. Whether you’re close or at a distance from the events you can’t help but re-evaluate your assumptions, however well-reasoned they may be.

So, though it may not be time to quote well-meaning, but ill-timed verses like Romans 8:28, it is time to hear again some very humble, but unflinching comments on suffering from a Christ-centered perspective. Here’s an interview with a pastor quoted before on these pages with an NPR correspondent. You need to set aside a lunch-time for this. Not just to listen, but to think over afterwards.

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