Category: Theology For Life

Three Critical Truths about the Sovereignty of God and Prayer

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet There is no theological issue more complicated than the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. And this is no mere academic question, for our understanding here (or lack thereof) significantly affects such practical areas as evangelism and prayer. Prompted by an ongoing correspondence regarding predestination and free will, a friend asked me these thought-provoking questions: If God already knows what will happen (and what choices will be made, etc.), can He change the outcome? What is the purpose of prayer? Can our prayers for someone’s salvation actually make a...

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Interview with Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton on Hope When It Hurts

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton are the authors of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (www.TheGoodBook.com). T4L: You each have been diagnosed with Lyme disease and continue to suffer the effects after many years. Pain and suffering is deeply personal, but is there kinship among Lyme sufferers? Sarah and Kristen: Definitely! While we wouldn’t wish Lyme disease on anyone, there’s so much comfort in realizing you’re not alone. Many people who suffer with this awful disease go years without a diagnosis,...

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The Problem of Evil in the Book of Job

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet   The Lord is sovereign, powerful, and good. Evil exists and creatures bear moral responsibility for it. In making sense of the undeniable presence of sin, along with injustice and suffering it causes, many people deny one or more of these essential truths. People postulate that God is not truly in charge of the world and rendered finite by sin. They also may think that He is somehow limited in His ability to effect change in the world, or perhaps He is both good and evil (a strange mixture of...

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Suffering, Adversity, and Character Development

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Whatever difficulties you face, it’s safe to say there is something else going on than what meets the eye. In what way is God working all things for good? According to Romans 8:28, God is conforming us to the image of His Son. Jesus Himself was brought to maturity through suffering. Hebrews 2:10 says, “For it was fitting for God, for Whom and through Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the Author of their salvation through sufferings.” The author of salvation is Jesus. He...

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Putting to Death the Fear of Man in the Glory of God in Christ

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet John 12:35-43, “So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by...

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