Suffering and the Goodness of God

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Edited by Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson, Contributions by Robert W. Yarbrough, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Daniel G. McCartney, John M. Frame, William Edgar, David B. Calhoun, John S. Feinberg

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Suffering and the Goodness of God

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Edited by Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson, Contributions by Robert W. Yarbrough, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Daniel G. McCartney, John M. Frame, William Edgar, David B. Calhoun, John S. Feinberg

Famine. Sickness. Terrorist Attacks. Natural disasters.

Each day horrific scenes of suffering are streamed before us through television, the Internet, and newspapers. Believers are taught that God is good, and they believe this truth. Yet when they are faced with suffering and hardships, the one question believers most often asked is, Why?

Suffering and the Goodness of God brings insight to many contemporary concerns of suffering by outlining Old and New Testament truths and tackling difficult questions concerning God's sovereignty, human freedom, and the nature of evil.

This book offers believers biblical truths concerning suffering and then challenges them to promote justice in the harsh, unsure world around them and to emulate God's grace as they minister to those who are suffering.

 

Part of the Theology in Community series.


Editors:

Christopher W. Morgan (PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is a professor of theology and the dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, including several volumes in the Theology in Community series.

Robert A. Peterson (PhD, Drew University) is a writer and theologian. He taught for many years at various theological seminaries and has written or edited over thirty books.


Endorsements:

"When people are hurting they need biblical answers, not platitudes. Here the editors and authors have thoroughly combed the Scriptures to give us the answers we need in tough times. This book should help both those who are suffering and those called upon to comfort and encourage others in their suffering."
Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

"The skeptic chides: 'If God is good, he is not God; if God is God, he is not good.' With Scripture to answer the pain of real life questions, and with real life pain to question Scripture, these theologians address the hardest questions with honesty, tenderness, and deep truth."
Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

"Those who read this book will thank the gifted team of authors for their careful biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical engagement with the problem of suffering and evil. This timely book addresses these crucial and challenging issues with clarity, conviction, and pastoral sensitivity. Readers will be strengthened, edified, and encouraged. I highly recommend this most important book."
David S. Dockery, Chancellor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"Morgan and Peterson have assembled a fine community of biblical scholars and theologians, all committed to Christ and the church, to address the problem of suffering. There are no easy answers to this problem, but there are plenty of wrong answers, misunderstandings, and confusion. This book-this community-will point you in the right direction."
Stephen J. Nichols, President, Reformation Bible College; Chief Academic Officer, Ligonier Ministries; author, Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought and The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World

"This volume should be warmly embraced by readers anxious to receive realistic good news from the Bible on this perennially-important subject. The writers are biblical, pastoral, reflective, and honest. I am grateful for their helpful and theologically-rich analysis."
Paul R. House, Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School; author, Old Testament Theology  


Table of Contents:

Series Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction, Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson

  1. Christ and the Crocodiles: Suffering and the Goodness of God in Contemporary Perspective
    Robert W. Yarbrough
  2. Suffering and the Goodness of God in the Old Testament
    Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
  3. Eight Kinds of Suffering in the Old Testament
    Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
  4. Suffering and the Goodness of God in the Gospels
    Dan G. McCartney
  5. Suffering in the Teaching of the Apostles
    Dan G. McCartney
  6. Suffering and the Biblical Story Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson
  7. The Problem of Evil
    John M. Frame
  8. Suffering and Oppression
    William Edgar
  9. Poems in the Park: My Cancer and God’s Grace
    David B. Calhoun
  10. A Journey in Suffering: Personal Reflections on the Religious Problem of Evil
    John S. Feinberg

Selected Bibliography
General Index
Scripture Index

 


Specifications:

Format: Paperback
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 256
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5727-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5727-9
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 12.0 ounces
Published: March 31, 2018