How is the Christian to make sense of suffering and pain? This article explains that the Bible does not dwell so much on people's pain as it does on the importance of their, and our, response to the suffering. God has his purposes in our suffering, and he is sovereign over both the now and not yet; therefore, we are to depend upon God for wisdom and growth in faith.
The conflict between evangelism and social actions within the church is what has shaped the church’s response to how to address the question of poverty. This article traces the answer of the church throughout history. It shows that the difference between biblical and secular charity is that one is led by love while the other is led by guilt.