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Why, O God?: Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church (Waters & Zuck)

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With two in seven American families affected by disability, the body of Christ has a great opportunity. As we’re called to minister to those walking through deep suffering, we need to learn to do so with wisdom and sensitivity.

Joni Eareckson Tada and others with disabilities, as well as seminary professors, ministry leaders, and medical professionals, do more than offer a biblical perspective on suffering and disability; they draw from very personal experiences to explore Christians’ responsibility toward those who suffer—all the while reminding us that as we seek to help the hurting, they will minister to us in return.

Table of Contents:

Part One: Challenge and Need

1. Redeeming Suffering – Joni Eareckson Tada

2. A Biblical Disability-Ministry Perspective

3. Church-Based Disability Ministries – Jessica James Baldridge

4. Disabilities and the Church – Michael A. Justice

5. The Rolling Throne – Gregory A. Hatteberg

Part Two: Biblical Foundations

6. Suffering in the Pentateuch – Stephen J. Bramer

7. Suffering in the Historical Books – Stephen J. Bramer

8. Suffering in the Book of Job – Larry J. Waters

9. Suffering in the Psalms and Wisdom Books – Ronald B. Allen

10. Suffering in the Writing Prophets (Isaiah to Malachi) – Stephen J. Bramer

11. A Biblical Theology of Suffering in the Gospels – Mark L. Bailey

12. Suffering in Acts and the Pauline Epistles – Stanley D. Toussaint

13. Suffering in the Non-Pauline Epistles – James E. Allman

14. Suffering in the Book of Revelation – Thomas L. Constable

Part Three: Theology, Pastoral Ministry, and Missions

15. Receiving Evil from God – Douglas K. Blount

16. Pastoral Care and Disability – Victor D. Anderson

17. Global Suffering – James A. Neathery

Part Four: Counseling and Professional Services

18. Dealing with Disabilities in Adults – Amy J. Wilson

19. Children with Disabilities – Patricia Evans

20. Bioethics and Suffering – Richard L. Voet

21. Death and Dying – Linda M. Marten

Part 5 – Conclusion

22. Wheelchairs in Heaven? – Joni Eareckson Tada



John Woodhouse is the principal of Moore College, Sydney, Australia and lectures there in doctrine and Old Testament. As well as writing a commentary on 1 Samuel, he has written various articles based on the New and Old Testament.



"Honest readers will be challenged by the gospel of God's gracious saving plan for the world, the place of the Lord Jesus within it, and how those who have been united with Christ are to live. May the God who is the Author of these two powerful letters use John's rich exposition to challenge and encourage us in the twenty-first century." - Peter O'Brien ~ Emeritus Faculty Member, Moore Theological College, Sydney

"This commentary by John Woodhouse is a rich source of biblical insight on the texts of Colossians and Philemon. This volume is a great resource for the pastor as he prepares to feed his flock, but it is equally helpful for students of the Bible who desire to understand better these magnificent letters. Maybe even more importantly, the text reflects the author's own love for the Savior. I can gladly commend it." - Bill Cook ~ Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky