13 episodes

Mark Talbot, a professor of philosophy at Wheaton College in IL, USA, addresses some of life’s deepest issues from a biblically informed Christian perspective.

When The Stars Disappear Christian Scholars’ Fund

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Mark Talbot, a professor of philosophy at Wheaton College in IL, USA, addresses some of life’s deepest issues from a biblically informed Christian perspective.

    After I was paralyzed...

    After I was paralyzed...

    Mark tells the story of his paralyzing accident, his sense of God's love that immediately followed it, and its subsequent blessings in his life.

    • 22 min
    Should Christians expect to suffer in this life?

    Should Christians expect to suffer in this life?

    While we should expect to suffer in this life, we can find hope in the fact that God will always bring good out of our suffering.

    • 21 min
    Breathing lessons

    Breathing lessons

    The psalmists provide us with breathing lessons for exhaling our pain and grief to God and then inhaling his promises as well as remembering what he has done for us in the past.

    • 23 min
    Great suffering and deliverance with three Old Testament saints

    Great suffering and deliverance with three Old Testament saints

    The stories of Naomi and Job show us that while suffering can make us think that life will never again be good, God may restore us. And even if, as with Jeremiah, God doesn’t restore us in this life, he can help us to persevere. No matter what we understand, God is always working in and through every circumstance.

    • 27 min
    Living in the light of our Lord’s resurrection

    Living in the light of our Lord’s resurrection

    After Mark offers some advice on the sort of help we need to understand Scripture, John and Mark address the question: Given the suffering in our world, how should we live in order to shine a light on the truth of the Christian story?

    • 22 min
    Tell me the story again!

    Tell me the story again!

    Mark and John wrap up their discussion of When the Stars Disappear, Mark's first volume in his Suffering and the Christian Life series, by reflecting on what the Christian story offers us and then recounting its four parts. Mark summarizes the purpose of his first volume as clarifying that, no matter how deep anyone's suffering is, Scripture records instances of suffering that are at least as deep, which is a sign for Christians that God is always with them and will walk with them through even the worst of times.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

WestTXSunset ,

Life Changing Material

This material got me through the hardest season of my life. Dr. Talbot is gifted and anointed in bringing serious issues and concerns about suffering in the Christian faith to the light. His teachings completely changed the way that I thought about what God was bringing me through and gave me the strength to carry on to wait for the beautiful fruit that has come since.

KJ7562 ,

A Serious Treatment of a Serious Issue

Dr. Mark Talbot takes a topic that has been addressed repeatedly and does what few are able to do: provide a fresh, insightful perspective. Driven not only by his keen philosophical and theological insights into the suffering, Talbot also derives insight from direct, personal experience with suffering. These days it seems that many serious issues are given short shrift and trite explanations, this podcast (and the book!) is must-reading for anyone wanting to grow in their understand suffering and pain.

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