Why? God, Suffering and Hope

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Suffering and tragedy are a regular part of life. Natural disasters claim the lives of thousands each year. War and disease leave death and disability in their wake. Crime and cruelty bring grief and pain. Accidents result in untold suffering. All these leave us with profound questions of faith:

• Are tragedy and suffering God’s will?

• If not, why doesn’t God stop them?

• Why do our prayers for help seem to go unanswered?

This four-week sermon series considers these questions and more in an exploration of the topics theologians call “theodicy” and “providence” – how we reconcile God’s goodness with suffering and pain, and how God is at work in our world. You will find series resources here, along with the weekly sermons.

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Published: May 30, 2023

Author: Adam Hamilton

Source: Resurrection, A United Methodist Church

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