The Naked Sermon

The Key to Suffering Well: Community

June 11, 2022

Stori is joined with The Naked Sermon’s new regular host Dez to talk about Romans 5:1-5. They open up talking about the tension between being justified through faith vs by works and then spend most of the time talking about suffering. 


Dez pushes back on the implied idea in this passage - that suffering always produces good results, because sometimes trauma just makes you act like a jerk. Stori talks about the distance she felt from her grief after losing her sister as a child, specifically because of scripture premises like this where she felt a need to make something positive from suffering. She reminds us that alienation from others makes it hard for suffering to produce anything good. Together Stori and Dez talk through the idea that the real key to getting a positive outcome from suffering is our  connection to community.

  • Stori Long is a Pastor and Social Media Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.
  • Dez Valdez is a Seminary Student at Claremont School of Theology and the Youth Ministry Coordinator at Prince of Life Lutheran Church in Oregon City, Oregon.

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