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In the wake of the Charleston shooting: How could a good God allow suffering and evil?

In the wake of the Charleston shooting: How could a good God allow suffering and evil?

Last weekend I spoke at my home church, Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring (yes, Boring) Oregon, on the question of why a good God allows evil and suffering. We'd actually planned the discussion prior to the Charleston church murder of nine people at their Wednesday evening Bible study (we began by talking about this tragedy).

A Great Message by Dan Franklin on the Problem of Evil and Suffering

SunsetThe problem of evil and suffering is something I’ve read many books concerning, and heard some great presentations on. I’ve written on this problem and spoken on it myself. But I’ve never listened to any treatment of it better than this one by Dan Franklin, teaching pastor at Life Bible Fellowship in Upland, California.

John Piper Speaks about God’s Goodness in 2012

When it is so common to ask “Where is God When Evil Happens?” I can’t think of a better way to end 2012 than to post this from John Piper, who asks “Where Was God in All the Goodness of 2012?”

Why Doesn’t God Do More to Restrain Evil and Suffering? Part 2

TearOur birthright does not include pain-free living. Only those who understand that this world languishes under a curse will marvel at its beauties despite that curse. C. S. Lewis’s final article, published after his death, carried the title “We Have No Right to Happiness.” Believing that we do have such a right sets us up for bitterness.

Why Doesn’t God Do More to Restrain Evil and Suffering? Part 1

CityNanci said to me, “Given what Scripture tells us about the evil of the human heart, you’d think that there would be thousands of Jack the Rippers in every city.” Her statement stopped me in my tracks. Might God be limiting sin all around us, all the time? Second Thessalonians 2:7 declares that God is in fact restraining lawlessness in this world. For this we should thank him daily.


How Great Evil Confirms the Biblical Teaching about Demons

PrayI can mourn with and pray for the families in Connecticut who lost their children (and in a few cases their spouses) in the school shooting. I certainly cannot offer any definitive explanation. I am dedicating this week’s three blogs to perspectives that may be helpful to some.


The Hardest Lesson

School busWhen I was seventeen years old and had known Christ for less than two years, I experienced what I believe was a mir­acle. Driving at fifty miles an hour, I was about to crash. All I could see in front of me, top to bottom and side to side, was the yellow of a school bus, which pulled in front of me from a side road, but which I didn’t see until a split second before impact.


C. S. Lewis on Good and Bad, Christianity and Dualism

Mere Christianity

I’ve been “rereading” Mere Christianity, actually listening to it on audio. I first read it as a young Christian forty years ago. I’m amazed that this book seems to get even better with time.

Focus on the Family, the Aurora shootings, and Some Courageous Young Men

Focus on the FamilyLast week I spent two days at Focus on the Family, recording eight radio programs. Six were with Focus president Jim Daly and host John Fuller. I did two interviews each related to my books If God is GoodThe Treasure Principle, and Heaven. I loved my time with Jim, John, Royce Bervig and the great folks at Focus on the Family.

Dan Franklin on Failed Experiments in Removing Evil

Dan FranklinThis is a great and insightful article by my son-in-law Dan Franklin, teaching pastor at Life Bible Fellowship in Upland, California.

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