Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Lament & Grief Conference

Are you tired of giving and hearing trite answers? Are you unsure how to connect to those who are suffering? And more importantly, do you feel unsure of how to relate to God in your suffering? Learning to grieve matters for you, and it matters for the people around you.

Event Date: October 6, 2017, 9:00am -7:00pm

Location: Trinity International University, Waybright Center

Cost: $50, or $30 for students (includes lunch and dinner)

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 Friday, Oct. 6
Session 1 The Lives and Language of the Betrayed (Psalm 55):
Being Open with God about Inner Turmoil
Andrew J. Schmutzer
Session 2 Testimony:
For Those Who Mourn
Ingrid Faro
Session 3 The Grieving Anger of the Christ (Matthew 17:17):
Jesus Laments the Faithlessness of the Apostles
Gerald Peterman
Session 4 Lament and Resilience:
Struggling Well With Hopeful Perseverance
Donald Guthrie


Seminar Purpose:

This participatory seminar on the language of suffering is led by speakers who are devoting their lives and study to this work. Come to understand our need for personal and corporate lament: what it is, and what it is not.

Participate in facilitated table discussions. Take advantage of opportunities to share and express lament. Ask questions during a speaker panel. And learn about Jesus, the model lamenter.


About the Speakers
Andrew J. Schmutzer is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute where he has taught since 1998. He co-edited (with D. M. Howard, Jr.) The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul (Moody, 2013); edited Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care (special issue), “Suffering and the Christian Life,” Vol. 9, no 2 (Fall, 2016); is co-author (with D. Gorski, D. Carlson) of Naming Our Abuse: God’s Pathways to Healing for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Kregel, 2016). Andrew serves on the Board of Directors for Male Survivor, an organization focusing on the needs of sexually abused men. Andrew and his wife Ashley attend Wheaton Bible Church.
Ingrid Faro (PhD, Trinity International University) is Director of Masters Programs, and Affiliate Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). Her current research and writing focus on the biblical theology of evil. She is a regular speaker at conferences, in churches and parachurch seminars on identity in Christ, navigating evil and suffering, women in the Bible, and forgiveness. Ingrid is a widow, with a married son and a married “niece-daughter.” She is a member of Church of the Redeemer in Deerfield, Illinois.
Gerald Peterman is Professor of Bible and Director of the Master of Arts, Biblical and Theological Studies at Moody Bible Institute. He came to Moody in 2002 from teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, FL. Earlier he spent four and a half years doing church planting for the Evangelical Free Church in central Florida and in south central Iowa, and also served nine years in the Air National Guard as a Chaplain. He is co-author, with Andrew J. Schmutzer, of Between Pain and Grace: A Biblical Theology of Suffering (Moody, 2016).
Donald Guthrie is Professor of Educational Ministries, Director of the PhD (Educational Studies), and Executive Director of The Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity. Prior to joining the TEDS faculty, he worked in campus ministry for 12 years and served on the faculty of Covenant Theological Seminary for 15 years. He is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education and has enjoyed serving as a ruling elder in several local churches over the past 25 years. He is a frequent teacher at conferences and retreats, often addressing cultural trends, intergenerational ministry, calling and vocation, and adult learning. He is co-author of Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving (IVP, 2013).