Sermon Scraps: Why is there so much pain?

Yesterday, Pastor Bobby began a new sermon series addressing some of the biggest questions we have for God. The first question was “Why is there so much pain?” Listen to the sermon here. If you are still grappling with this question and want to continue exploring the problem of pain and suffering, here are some helpful resources for you to consider:

Books

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
Classic Christian response to questions about suffering.

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller
Joni Eareckson Tada, a woman left quadriplegic after a diving accident, calls this the best book she’s read about suffering.

Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff
Wolterstorff shares the process of his grief in dealing with his son’s accidental death.

Articles

Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of Evil considers the buddhist worldview of the long-time Apple president, Steve Jobs, and how Jesus’ approach to suffering is different.

Addressing the Emotional Problem of Evil: Why Christians Hope reviews the emotional response people have to suffering and how Christians can deal with it.

Videos & Talks

This short video is from apologist Ravi Zacharias addressing the question: How can a good God allow evil in the world?

How did God deal with the problem of evil? is a short video that addresses sin as the root of evil in the world.

This longer talk expresses the Christian view of the problem of evil from theologian and professor D.A. Carson.

Here is a sermon manuscript from Christian author Philip Yancey after the Virginia Tech shooting of 2007.

Watch this longer lecture given at a Veritas Forum by philosophy professor Peter Kreeft.

 

Further reading related to Christian apologetics, answering common questions skeptics have about Christianity and giving reasons Christians hold to faith in Jesus.

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message by Ravi Zacharaias

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