Tag Archives: Evil

Questions about God and Evil

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If God is loving and all powerful, why does he allow evil?  Where is God when bad things happen to good people? Fair questions. For many people, suffering, especially that of innocents, is grounds for doubting the love, power or even the existence of … Continue reading

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Don’t Confuse Suffering People with the Problem of Suffering

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Suffering presents us with a theological problem: If God is good and all powerful, then why does he allow people to suffer?  It is a fair question. Here’s another one:  What is the best way to help a friend who is suffering? It is important not … Continue reading

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Only God Can Stop the Rain

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What do rising flood waters and recent violent events have in common?  They are both relentless. The Chicago area is flooded today.  Rivers and rain water intruded into streets, back yards and houses.  Sump pumps valiantly ejected water from below the foundations of houses and buildings, but they did not always … Continue reading

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Death, Faith, and New Life

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The Saturday between the Friday on which Jesus died and the Sunday of his resurrection must have been a day of grief, despair, confusion, and divine silence. Have you ever had a day like that? I have. Where are you God?  What was that all about anyway? Why … Continue reading

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How Would You Fix this Broken World?

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Last Thursday I wrote a blog post imagining fictional newspaper headlines in the days surrounding Jesus’ birth.  I was blissfully unaware on Thursday of the horrible non-fiction headlines that would be created on Friday.  (Sadly, my post Jesus Wept written last July in reaction to the Colorado theater shootings … Continue reading

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Jesus Wept

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How do we make sense of the senseless? A bus full of tourists blows up in Bulgaria. A  child is diagnosed with cancer.  Movie-goers experience a violent reality instead of the fiction they expected to see. Bombs kill worshippers in … Continue reading

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