Suffering and a Good God

Tragedy, suffering, and pain. As much as we would like to be immune from them – we aren’t. Whenever we see suffering on a grand scale, such as the recent Myanmar storms that have left so many dead, school shootings, Hurricane Katrina, tornadoes, etc…, the question of the goodness of God is bound to come up. This is a difficult topic, regardless of whether we are Christian or non-Christian, and one worth discussing with honesty (about ourselves) and compassion for others (particularly those who have suffered greatly).

It is important that we don’t just regurgitate the opinions of others, but it is also helpful to have some conversation partners along the way. Here are some resources that I would recommend to further explore this issue from a Christian perspective:

What thoughts, books, sermons, etc…have you found helpful?

Update (May 14, ’08):  Here are some of the recommendations made by friends (these can also be found in the comment section).

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve found Nickolas Woltersdorf’s brief book Lament for a Son to be a very powerful resource. And Bryan Chapell’s sermon on John 11:35 (given the week after 9/11) is amazing.

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  2. Posted by adamtisdale on May 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks Ed for the input – it is always welcome. I am unfamiliar with Woltersdorf’s book…I am, of course, very familiar with Dr. Chapell and quite possibly have heard the sermon.

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  3. Adam,

    Great resources- thanks. _When God Weeps_ by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes is excellent as well.

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  4. Posted by adamtisdale on May 14, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Thank you PaulB…I am going to update this post with these suggestions (yours and Ed’s)

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