Suffering

Doesn’t Peter Suggest Our Suffering is God’s Will? (podcast)

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Greg wrestles suffering out of God’s will.  Episode 662 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0662.mp3

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Podcast: Dear Greg: Does God Accommodate, or is God Simply Powerless?

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Greg wrestles with a really tough tragedy and offers theological insight. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0359.mp3

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Podcast: Isn’t God the Author of Suffering in the Crucifixion?

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Greg considers the implications of his Cruciform Hermeneutic on his previous work in God at War.  http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0274.mp3

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Podcast: Does God Actively Discipline Those He Loves?

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Greg on God’s role in suffering.  http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0272.mp3

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How Job’s Suffering Points to Jesus

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As I introduced in my previous post, when we read the book of Job we must refute the common assumption that Yahweh is a Machiavellian deity who is controlling all that transpires in his creation,…

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Who is Responsible for Job’s Suffering?

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In the prologue of the Book of Job, the author seems to ascribe the responsibility for Job’s affliction to Yahweh. For instance, Satan challenges God to “stretch out [his] hand and strike everything he has,“…

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Classical Theism’s Unnecessary Paradoxes

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The traditional view of God that is embraced by most—what is called “classical theology”—works from the assumption that God’s essential divine nature is atemporal, immutable, and impassible. The Church Fathers fought to articulate and defend…

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Podcast: Are Our Personal Afflictions the Result of Our Personal Sins?

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Greg considers the cause of our afflictions, the healing at Bethesda, and Monty Python. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0086.mp3

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When Prayers Go Unanswered

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Recently Frank Viola published a free e-book where 21 Christian leaders responded to the following question: Why is it that God doesn’t often answer the desperate prayers of His people for deliverance, protection, healing, etc.? You can download…

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Voluntary Suffering and the Kingdom

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In a post from two days ago, I wrote about the call to voluntary suffering for others as it is laid out in the New Testament. For the first three centuries of the church, Christians…

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The Call to Suffer

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Paul tells us that in all our relations, we are to “have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had” (Phil 2:5). Though he was “in very nature God,” he didn’t cling to this status….

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Friday Lights: A Theologian Goes to Hollywood

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Each Friday we post content sent to us by our readers that is inspiring, funny, lighthearted or just generally fun. If you’d like more information on submitting content for this feature you can get more information here….

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Lord Willing?

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Lord Willing? Wrestling with God’s Role in My Child’s Death, by Jessica Kelley In November 2012, I received one of the most touching emails I have ever received. A young mother named Jessica Kelley explained…

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Divine Wisdom

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Why doesn’t God end it all and stop the slaughter? Why does God allow suffering and evil to go on so long? Here, Greg offers two possible answers to these questions. Option A is that all evil somehow is…

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How Much Does the Cross Really Matter?

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The cross is as foolishness and weakness to nonbelievers, but Paul wrote that to those who are being saved it is both “the power” and “wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:18, 24). In sharp contrast…

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Why We Can’t Know Why Bad Things Happen

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Science has demonstrated that the slightest variation in a sufficiently complex process at one point may cause remarkable variations in that process at another point. It’s called chaos theory. The flap of a butterfly wing…

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Is Suffering Part of God’s Secret Plan?

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In the Christian tradition since Augustine, the most common explanation for the apparent arbitrariness of life and God’s interaction with humanity has been God’s mysterious will—his “secret plan,” as Calvin says. Whether or not a…

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The Cave

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Corrigan Clay is a Jesus-follower in Haiti. He recently posted this poem on his Facebook page and we wanted to republish it here. If you’re going through a particularly dark time, this might be for…

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Theo Graff Podcast: Featuring Jessica Kelley

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We have a special treat for you today. T. C. Moore is a great friend of ReKnew and he’s recently started a “Jesus-centered, hip hop flavored, geeky, theological, kingdom exploration” called the THEO GRAFF PODCAST. He’s…

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The Lessons of Job

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Breno Peck via Compfight In his book Benefit of the Doubt, Greg argues that the lessons of the book of Job reassure us that God does not lie behind suffering, but he rather is a…

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