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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).

There Is No Pointless Suffering

There Is No Pointless Suffering

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). By recognizing and believing in God’s sovereignty, even over Satan’s work, our perspective is transformed.

Does Open Theism solve the problem of evil and suffering?

Does Open Theism solve the problem of evil and suffering?

Most proposed solutions to the problem of evil and suffering have been around for a long time, but Open Theism is more recent. 

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

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

The problem of evil and suffering is something I’ve read many books concerning, and heard some great presentations on. 

Brittany Maynard, age 29, has taken her life here in Portland, Oregon

Brittany Maynard, age 29, has taken her life here in Portland, Oregon

It was announced late Sunday afternoon that on Saturday, 29-year-old terminally ill Brittany Maynard chose to end her life under Oregon’s physician assisted suicide law.

Turning Bad into Best

Turning Bad into Best

C. S. Lewis, in The Great Divorce, wrote that “both good and evil, when they are full grown, become retrospective… Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.”

Surrendering to God’s Wisdom

Surrendering to God’s Wisdom

When I need a point-of-view adjustment, I read the last five chapters of Job. That’s where the focus shifts from Job’s questions about his suffering—and his friends’ proposed answers—to God’s majesty.

 
His Strength and Grace in Our Weakness

His Strength and Grace in Our Weakness

As a young pastor I loved God sincerely; but like my tavern-owner father, I was independent, self-sufficient, and prone to do things on my own. 

Beauty from Ashes

Beauty from Ashes

Never underestimate the potential of a seed buried deep within the ashes.

My Friend Greg Coffey, One of the First Faces I’ll Look for in Heaven

My Friend Greg Coffey, One of the First Faces I’ll Look for in Heaven

In The Goodness of God, I tell the story about my high school friend Greg Coffey, who died in a horrible accident in 1971, shortly after he and I both became Christ-followers.

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