• How should Christians respond to the imprecatory psalms? Question and Answer

    GODFREY: It seems to me there’s a lot of confusion on this in part because Jesus has told us to love our enemies, to pray for them. And what we’re being reminded there is we are not to call down imprecations on people for personal reasons out of individual spite. We need to be careful about that. We need to be very conscious of trying—that part of what we’re called to be as the light of the world is people who love our enemies. Paul talks about how loving your enemies will further increase their punishment. So setting love of … View Resource

  • What is the best way to grow spiritually as a Christian? Question and Answer

    Psalms 1

    CHARLES: I feel like the temptation is to find some exotic answer, but the two pillars of the Christian faith are prayer and the ministry of the Word. If you were to ask me about Christian ministry, I would say the same thing: prayer and Scripture intake. Psalm 1 comes to my mind. The psalmist begins the Psalms by offering you a blessed life, and that blessed life is rooted in the Word of God: “One who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night” (Ps. 1:2). Prayer is one of the neglected resources … View Resource

  • How has your book Surprised by Suffering helped you to face your own health challenges? Question and Answer

    Psalms 23

    There are lots of people who’ve suffered a whole lot more than I have in the last year, but I have had some serious health issues in the last year. I have been reminded frequently of my own work in that book Surprised by Suffering, and I go back to my own advice that I gave to others and give it to myself. On a practical level, one of my favorite daily experiences is to pray the 23rd Psalm because I have to remember who I am, who God is, that He is my Shepherd, and therefore there’s no reason … View Resource

  • If a new believer becomes injured and cannot show “good works,” how do we know they are saved? Question and Answer

    Psalms 23

    If you unpack the question, in a sense you’ve already said, “Here is a new believer, somebody who has trusted in Christ.” If they go through some traumatic accident that makes us feel they are beyond our reach, then there’s no reason that we should doubt their faith any more than Jesus doubted the faith of the dying thief on the cross. He did not have long to produce the good works that are the fruit of faith. The second thing to say is that there are mysteries to human existence. When a catastrophic accident happens to somebody, we should … View Resource

  • Does God turn His face away from Christians? Question and Answer

    Psalm 39:13

    The great Aaronic blessing that God gave to the priesthood in Israel to lay upon Israel and to bless Israel was that the Lord’s face would shine upon them (Num. 6:24-26). This was an expression of the happy, blessed, and positive relationship that would exist between God and His people. When the people had fallen into sin, or when they had fallen into misery and suffering that they could not immediately relate to sin, they had this sense that God was not as near to them as they desired. It did not seem God was blessing them as they wanted … View Resource

  • How should we interpret promises in the Psalms that no harm will strike us? Question and Answer

    Psalms 91

    Some of those promises are reiterations of promises that the Lord made to David, which are not necessarily indicative of universal promises that apply to all Christians. First of all, they’re poetic. The Psalms belong to that body of literature in the Old Testament called Wisdom Literature. Wisdom Literature, in the Proverbs, for example, says things like, “Don’t answer a fool according to his folly” (Prov. 26:4), and then the next verse says, “Answer a fool according to his folly” (Prov. 26:5). How in the world do you square that? It’s like in our own proverbial adages that we have, … View Resource

  • What is the goal of reformation? Question and Answer

    Psalm 115:1

    FERGUSON: Both in Calvin and in the Westminster Confession and its subordinate standards the answer to the first question, “What is our chief end?” must be the same as to the question, “What is the goal of Reformation?” The answer is, “To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” To be able to do both of these things simultaneously is what I think at the end of the day is going to make an impact on our contemporary world that is so interested in enjoyment. It’s very rare to hear non-Christians say, “See how these Christians enjoy the glory of … View Resource