Clinging to God When Tragedy Invades

An Interview with Greg Laurie

In 2008, Greg Laurie received a phone call that changed his life. His son Christopher had been killed in an automobile accident.

Grief and loss can trigger cavernous pain in our lives. Tragedies reduce life to its basics and stir up questions in our hearts about life’s purpose and about God’s presence.

Watch the Interview

Greg Laurie knows personal grief up close. In this candid interview, he shares what helped him walk through his season of sorrow—as well as the lingering loss he still endures.

Greg Laurie began Christian ministry at age 19 by leading a Bible study with 30 people attending. Since then, God has grown Greg’s ministry to 15,000 members of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, which he serves as the senior pastor.

In 1990, he began large-scale, international public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. Greg is also the featured speaker of international broadcast, A New Beginning—also a popular iTunes podcast. Greg is on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and holds honorary doctorates from Biola University and Azusa Pacific University. In addition, he is an award-winning author and has written over 70 books.

Greg and his wife Cathe have been married for 38 years, have two sons, Christopher and Jonathan, and five grandchildren. Christopher went to be with the Lord in 2008.

Interview Questions

  1. How have you balanced family life and ministry over the years?
  2. Because of all you have done in ministry, it would be easy to assume your lives have been free of great pain—but that is not the case. Will you tell us more about that?
  3. How can we learn to live in pain or with a broken heart?
  4. In recent years, you have written much around the theme of Hope, especially recently with your recent book, Hope for Hurting Hearts. What do you say to those who feel Jesus has forgotten them or is aloof in the midst of their grief?
  5. What do you say to those who are in need of encouragement?
  6. What Scripture passages could you offer to those who need comfort?

Let Me Hear from You

After listening to the interview, you may have some lingering thoughts. Perhaps some pain has surfaced, and you are in need of comfort and support.

I encourage you to leave a comment below. Let us walk through the valley with you.

Question: What has helped you make it through a tragedy in your life?

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