Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Have you ever wondered how God can possibly use tragic or sinful events in history? Is God really in control, and does he really have a purpose for everything? Halim Suh, one of the pastors at The Austin Stone Community Church, delivers a sermon on Genesis 38 in which he affirms the complete and purposeful sovereignty of God in controlling sin and suffering for our good and God’s glory. It is rare these days, even among so-called Calvinistic churches, to hear such a positive explanation of God’s active role in causing such events according to his plan.
The sermon is part of a series on The Sovereignty of God over Suffering and Evil, and is entitled, The Purpose of Suffering and Evil. You can watch the video or download the audio here.
Here is a short video in which Ed Welch (Christian Counseling and Education Foundation) talks about how to deal with unintentional sin brought on by physical disorders. Thanks to Brandon Adams for the link.
Not only do denominations differ over their interpretations of various Biblical doctrines, but also within each denomination individual members have their personal peculiarities. Therefore when ministers assemble for a sedate colloquium or college students get together for a friendly bull session, and a question on Biblical doctrine arises, the discussion is bound to be interesting.
Within the past year two such meetings took place-one almost exclusively of ministers and professors, the other almost exclusively of students. It may not be so surprising that the subject of divine guidance and right conduct was taken up at both meetings, but it is worthy of note that in the first meeting a minister from a liturgical and rather formal denomination and in the second meeting some students from much more informal groups, expressed similar sentiments on the Christian’s relation to the law of God. It may also be worthy to note that few of the ministers agreed with the minister, while most of the students agreed with the students. Continue Reading