Welcoming the Sorrowing: Offering Realistic Hope

The pain that we and our neighbors experience causes us to cry out. We have questions. We want answers. The following messages were not spoken to the victims or immediate communities of the harmed. They were spoken at a distance among Christians and other-than-Christians, trying to make sense of it all. A pastor preaches imperfectly, especially at such times. And yet, the sorrowing have a savior. Hope refuses to die.

How To Care for Those in Sorrow

by Zack Eswine, 33 minutes, February 26, 2017 | Pastors sometimes experience sorrows in waves, as those within the congregation or wider community experience difficult times or death in close proximity. During such a season at Riverside Church, Zack turned to Psalm 77 to offer guidance in how to minister to the sorrowing.

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How Do We Help Those in Sorrow?

What do We Do if We Have Depression?


How Do the Stories of Those in the Bible help us in our sorrows?


God, Don't You Care That We Are Dying?

by Zack Eswine, 28 Minutes, October 4, 2015 | We live in a world in which terrorists such as Isis, persecutes and kills myriads of people, particularly among Christian populations. How do we grapple with this terror? When Jesus's disciples asked if he cared at all that they were dying, they gave language to our question too. What is it that Jesus does and says when we ask him this?

Race, Injustice and Violence: Where Can We Turn When We We Wear Out with the Pain of it?

by Zack Eswine, 31 minutes, July 10, 2016 | Senseless violence and injustice between police offers and African American persons gave rise to this message from Mark 15; searching for help and hope.

A Voice for the Innocent: Overcoming the Violence that Takes Our Children From Us

by Zack Eswine, 41 minutes, December 16, 2012 | A shooter massacred children at Sandy Hook Elementary School two days before this message. Zack spoke to the Riverside congregation from Psalm 10, seeking to give categories of help and hope for our disbelief, outrage, grief and questions.

Practicing the Welcome of God (Responding to the Orlando Massacre)

by Zack Eswine, 37 minutes, June 26, 2016 | A man walked into a gay nightclub and opened fire. We weren't there. We lived miles away in Missouri. How do you talk about such senseless violence as a follower of Jesus?

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