discussion: A Place for Weakness

“Regardless of the diversity our trials take, one thing is certain: we will all suffer.”

– Michael Horton


Suffering is not the easiest or most pleasant topic to talk about, but if we believe the author’s words, we can trust this book to be a worthwhile read — and perhaps a little more than necessary given the times in which we live and the great uncertainty that lies ahead:

For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him.
For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?

– Ecclesiastes 8:6-7


You’re invited to join in a six-week online group discussion of Michael Horton’s book

A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering

Beginning on Wednesday, May 4 and each Wednesday thereafter, we’ll read in tandem one or two chapters and “meet up” the following week to compare notes. Please feel free to leave a comment, share insights, ask questions, or cite a direct quote. If you’d rather simply listen, that’s fine, too. My hope is for every reader to not only come away strengthened and comforted, but also better informed and prepared theologically for encountering life’s vast and varied sufferings.

To purchase the book online:

Amazon, ZondervanWestminster Book Store

The format:

The book has 10 chapters (194 pages) and is divided into two parts, God of the Cross and God of the Empty Tomb, so we’ll cover one or two chapters a week, depending. In the back of the book, provided are helpful questions to stir discussion, but we won’t be bound to them. Based upon each week’s reading, I’ll post a few thoughts, but please know that your comments, insights and perspectives are invaluable to the group. The only ftm site guideline is to stay on topic, the only goal is to edify one another. And may we glorify God through our time together.

Part 1 — God of the Cross

Chapter One: When Tragedy Strikes

Chapter Two: Good News for Losers

Chapter Three: Suffering on Purpose

Chapter Four: Is Your God Big Enough?

Chapter Five: Is Anybody Up There?

Chapter Six: If We Just Knew Why God Let It Happen

Part 2 — God of the Empty Tomb

Chapter Seven: Out of the Whirlwind

Chapter Eight: A New Creation

Chapter Nine: The True Nature of Spiritual Warfare

Chapter Ten: When God Goes to A Funeral