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October 10, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Jesus and our trauma

In my spare time, I have been taking a class at a time towards a degree in counseling. My current class is called Crisis Counseling, and so much of my reading lately has been on the subject of trauma. As a Christian who knows apologetics, I am well-versed in how to answer the question “How can a good God let bad things happen?” But having the intellectual answers doesn’t change the fact that those “bad things” that happen to people so often take my breath away and bring me to tears at the depth of the horror some people are forced to endure. In Luke 22, we read about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, turning to his heavenly Father in prayer before he is arrested and crucified...Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Suffering

August 29, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Praying for Houston

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3) We are experiencing unprecedented crisis and chaos in our beloved city. Right now, all over social media you will find people telling others that they are praying and asking the nation to pray for the people of Houston. How are we to pray? The Scripture is clear on ways to pray in times of distress. As I’m praying, below are my requests to the Father and I thought I’d pass them along to you....Keep Reading

Tags: Prayer, Suffering

August 15, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

It is well with my soul... behind the music

If you have ever listened to K-Love, you know that they have an occasional segment called “Behind the Music” where a singer shares the story of where their song comes from. I often find that I develop is a greater emotional connection to the song when I know the heart behind the words. The same holds true for the classic hymns of the church. One of the most powerful “Behind the Music” stories is the story behind “It is Well with my Soul,” which was written by Horatio Spafford in the 1880’s....Keep Reading

Tags: Worship, Suffering

June 6, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Painfully sculpting a masterpiece

If there is no God, suffering has no ultimate meaning, since we all will die and cease to exist. But even with a belief in God, suffering can feel meaningless, as we wonder what possible good can come out of terrorist attacks, crippling depression, mental illness, or the death of a child. There are many reasons the Bible gives for why suffering exists, chiefly that we live in a fallen world that is the product of humanity’s rebellion against God. But God is still sovereign over it all, always working even the worst events in the world for His ultimate good purposes (Romans 8:28), and so we trust that there will be meaning in the suffering. Remember John 9:2-3, where Jesus’ disciples see a blind man and ask him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus replies, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

May 16, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

When suffering seems meaningless

As a preacher, I often quote from C.S. Lewis, because, well, that’s what evangelical preachers do. I must confess, however, that as quotable as he is, I have only actually finished two of his books, because I find his style difficult to read. One of those books is Mere Christianity, a classic and one of the first books I ever read as a Christian. The second is called A Grief Observed, and contains his journals and reflections after losing his wife, Joy Davidman, to cancer. One of the amazing things about A Grief Observed is that it is the personal reflection on deep suffering written by the same man who wrote The Problem of Pain, one of the enduring Christian classics on suffering....Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Ministry

January 31, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Who do you blame for your suffering?

Soon after the Holocaust, an East German pastor by the name of Guenter Rutenborn wrote a play called The Sign of Jonah, in his attempt to make sense of all the horror had transpired in his country. In his play, a group of German people attempt to come to terms with the atrocities that had been committed on their soil, asking who was to blame for the Holocaust. Some blamed Hitler. Others blamed the munitions manufacturers. Still more blamed the German people in their apathy. Finally, the people realized that above all the others, that God was to blame. After all, God had created this world. God had placed all of this power in such unworthy hands. And God had for some unknown reason allowed all of these tragedies to happen. As the group of people come to this conclusion, God’s punishment is considered, and this sentence is pronounced:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Gospel Tags: Gospel, Suffering

June 21, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Keeping the faith when God seems absent

There is a popular saying that goes like this: “God works in mysterious ways.” Which is another way of saying, “GOD, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!” Can anyone relate? We believe that God is sovereign, that He is good, and that He loves us. And we like to believe that if we were a good, sovereign, loving Father/Deity, we would know how to treat our children. And so, naturally, when we suffer in ways we can not understand, we question the character of our God who seems to so often enjoy working in “mysterious” ways....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

May 31, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What is your adversity revealing about your character?

It has often been said that “adversity does not create character; it reveals it.” Going through difficult times is like a heavy truck going over a small bridge: it doesn’t cause cracks so much as it reveals where there are already weak spots. I have mentioned in sermons how I never knew how much anger was in me until I had children....Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Character

May 24, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The gift of your presence

There may be no more poignant reminder that Jesus was not only fully God but fully man than this passage from the last days of Jesus’ life. Facing an impending betrayal and certain death, Jesus walks into the Garden of Gethsemane to be with his Father, and says to Peter, James, and John, “stay with me.” In this moment of incredible agony, where he will be confronted by the temptation to give up his march to the cross, Jesus does not want to be alone, but asks his friends to remain with him. Many of us have found ourselves watching a loved one facing a time of intense suffering, wishing that there was something we could do to make it all better. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Love Tags: Suffering, Love

May 3, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Don't give up

A wise once man once warned me against comparing myself to others, because we so often compare what we know about ourselves with what we don’t know about someone else. Facebook has become notorious for this: we compare our screaming children, struggling marriage, and monotonous routines against the pictures of smiling children, a man’s effusive praise for his wife, and the latest Caribbean vacation photos, and we can’t decide whether to curl up in the fetal position or stab someone. When it comes to the people of the Bible, we can fall into the same trap....Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Faith

April 12, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Jesus is life. Everything else is just skubalon.

Skubalon. In Philippians 3:8, Paul uses this Greek word, which the New International Version translates as “rubbish,” to describe all the things in his life that he once boasted of but that now mean nothing compared to knowing Christ. When you consult a Greek lexicon, you find that the word skubalon was the word commonly used not just for garbage but for animal excrement. You know, that stuff in your yard that you step in and proceed to track into your house until you realize what you’ve done and gag from the stench. Animal excrement. That’s a little more evocative than rubbish, don’t you think? Paul emphatically states that his desire to know Jesus, to know his power, to share in his suffering, to look and act like Him in every way, was such an all-consuming passion that all of his earthly awards, noble qualities, and previous reasons for pride meant as much to him as a hot, steaming pile of skubalon....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

March 22, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What should we do about Syria?

Last week, I spent a day up at my seminary listening to two leaders from World Vision share about the Syrian refugee crisis and how churches can get involved. I confess that prior to that day, I would not have been able to point out Syria on a map, nor could I have told you many details regarding the refugee crisis. I have been blessed to be a lifelong resident of New England, with a heart to serve and love the people of the Hartford region. However, the flipside of this localized existence has been a true lack of connection with what is going on in the rest of the world. For this shallow and self-centered existence, I repent....Keep Reading

Posted in: Missions Tags: Suffering, Syria

February 23, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Grateful for the good... and the bad

Henri Nouwen, in his book Bread for the Journey, wrote: To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Thanksgiving Tags: Suffering, gratitude

January 26, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How do I forgive those who have hurt me?

Last year, we began a discipline in our house of posting a verse or short passage on the kitchen wall every month for our children to memorize. This month’s passage is the one listed above, from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:43-44. What a challenging word to learn and to practice at any age, whether the enemy is a schoolyard bully, an abusive parent, or a nasty co-worker....Keep Reading

Posted in: Forgiveness Tags: Forgiveness, Suffering

January 19, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Suffering and depending on God

As I have preached through Luke 4 over the past two Sundays, one recurring theme has been how God allows all kinds of struggles into our life in order to heal us spiritually and make us holy, while Satan, on the other hand, does all he can to get us to elevate the things of this world above God. Satan knows that if we want anything ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Trust

December 15, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Forgiving those who have hurt you

If you’ve lived long enough in this world, you’ve had to struggle with how to forgive someone who has hurt you. One of the steps that can help us to forgive people who have hurt, mistreated, or abused us is to work on understanding them and their story. When we are hurt, we tend to caricaturize the other person, blowing their faults and negative qualities out of proportion: “He’s a jerk.” “She’s just disrespectful.” “They are just awful people.” We see ourselves as complicated people, full of good and bad qualities, but when someone hurts us, we can tend to magnify their negative qualities and in the process dehumanize them and make it easier for us to feel like they deserve our hatred....Keep Reading

Posted in: Forgiveness Tags: Forgiveness, Suffering

December 8, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How God can use your suffering

Today’s post is reprinted from the September 4th, 2012 blog. It is one of my all-time favorite illustrations, and I find it worth reading and reflecting on often. It is an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s book “The Soul Winner.” Spurgeon, known as the Prince of Preachers, was a 19th century English Baptist preacher. If you find yourself going through a difficult time, may Spurgeon’s words encourage you to persevere and trust God. Some years ago, I was the subject of fearful depression of spirit. Certain troublous events had happened to me; I was also unwell, and my heart sank within me. Out of the depths I was forced to cry unto the Lord. Just before I went away to Mentone for rest, I suffered greatly in body, but far more in soul, for my spirit was overwhelmed. Under this pressure, I preached a sermon from the words, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” I was as much qualified to preach from that text as ever I expect to be; indeed, I hope that few of my brethren could have entered so deeply into those heart-breaking words...Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Charles Spurgeon

November 24, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Making sense of suffering

As a preacher, I often quote from C.S. Lewis, because, well, that’s what evangelical preachers do. I must confess, however, that as quotable as he is, I have only actually finished two of his books, because I find his style difficult to read. One of those books is Mere Christianity, a classic and one of the first books I ever read as a Christian. The second is called A Grief Observed, and contains his journals and reflections after losing his wife, Joy Davidman, to cancer. One of the amazing things about A Grief Observed is that it is the personal reflection on deep suffering written by a man who wrote The Problem of Pain, one of the enduring Christian classics on suffering....Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, C.S. Lewis

August 11, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

When God seems cruel and uncaring

Psalm 23 is probably the most widely read and beloved of all the Psalms. Its picture of God as a tender, gentle, and loving shepherd who cares for us like sheep evokes images of peace and rest. But anyone who knows what actually goes into caring for sheep ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

August 4, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How bold should I be in prayer?

When we are going through difficult times, or are watching our loved ones suffer, it can be hard to know the right way to pray. On the one hand, God is our good, all-knowing, and all-powerful heavenly Father, and so we may be tempted to simply pray that God’s will would be done, trusting that He will do what is best. On the other hand, we may feel that it is right to keep on asking and pleading for our desired outcome, believing in faith that God will bring what we ask for to pass. We have all likely heard contradictory advice on this....Keep Reading

Posted in: Prayer Tags: Prayer, Suffering

July 7, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Desperate times call for... prayer

In Tim Keller’s book Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, he talks about how, in his early 50’s, he finally began to truly pray. Even though he had been a pastor (of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City) for many years, he had struggled to have a strong prayer life. But then in 2001, the city of New York experienced the horror of 9/11, his wife struggled with the effect of Crohn’s disease, and he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It was at this point that Tim’s wife, Kathy, urged him to pray with her every night, something they had always struggled to do. She put it this way:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Prayer Tags: Prayer, Suffering

April 7, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Had to walk the rocks to see the mountain view

This past Friday, many of us spent time in solitude at the Center for Retreat and Renewal in Simsbury, reflecting upon Jesus’ death for us and taking time to meet with God. As is often the case when I spend time there, I became overwhelmed by God’s great grace and mercy towards me, that He continues to not treat me as my sins deserve. One song in particular kept coming to mind, a song called Lead of Love by the band Caedmon’s Call. Here are the lyrics:...Keep Reading

Posted in: God's love Tags: Suffering, God's faithfulness

January 20, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

When a day feels like a thousand years...

For those suffering from physical pain, unemployment, relational stress, or any other number of heartaches, the well-known phrase “with the Lord, a day is like a thousand years” is hardly comforting. In its original context, Peter speaks these words in response to the belief of some in his day that God’s refusal to judge the wicked during their earthly life proves that we can live however we please without fear of God’s judgment. Peter rebukes such people, telling them that God withholds judgment because He wants to give everyone a chance to repent of their sin, but that one day He will return and judge everyone, and then it will be too late for the wicked. But back to the whole “day=thousand years” thing. Peter’s point in using that phrase is to make it clear that what seems like a long time to us is like a blink of an eye to God. Certainly those of us accustomed to microwave dinners, high-speed internet, and everything “on demand” should take this to heart. As Peter writes, God keeps His promises ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

November 18, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Persevering through suffering

Over the past ten weeks, I‘ve preached through the entire twelve chapters of the Old Testament book Daniel. One of the reasons I chose the book was that I had never really studied the book in detail, and I was a little intimidated by the second half of Daniel, which is full of prophecies and, let‘s face it, weird things. But as I studied the book of Daniel and considered its message, I found it much more fruitful to focus on the big picture messages and not get sidetracked by secondary issues ‘" namely, trying to ‘œdecode‘ every prophetic figure and event. And so, having completed this sermon series, here are the main messages of the Book of Daniel as I see it:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Daniel

July 8, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The cost of being the Good Samaritan... or of walking on by

Ken was a high school classmate of mine, although we were not in the same circle of friends. He was what we would have referred to as a nerd ‘" smart, but socially awkward and not very popular. Since graduation, he had probably never crossed my mind until he called me out of the blue three years ago. He had found me on Facebook, saw that I was a pastor, and wanted to talk, as he was in the process of going through a painful divorce, amidst other life challenges. We talked on a semi-regular basis, had lunch a couple of times, and I encouraged him over that time to come to Fight Club, our men‘s group at NewLife. Eventually he came twice to Fight Club, but despite my invitations and the invitations of other men in the group, he never returned. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus gives an example about how loving our neighbor often involves risking our safety, as well as sacrificing our time, energy, and possessions, in order to care for a person in need....Keep Reading

Posted in: Love Tags: Suffering, Good Samaritan

April 29, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Thoughts as I waste away...

Tomorrow I head in to the hospital for back surgery. Naturally, the verse that has been going through my head is the one listed above: ‘œThough outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.‘ As we age, it becomes more and more obvious that our health, vitality, and youthful appearance are slowly slipping away, never again to be recovered. And not only that, but all else in this world is receding from us like a wave washing back out to sea. Our relationships will eventually come to an end. Our influence on this world will wane. Our finances will be drained. If we live long enough, most of us will one day end up losing even our independence, as we are forced to rely on the hands of strangers to feed and clothe us....Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

April 8, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

UConn basketball and the grueling climb to glory

Allow me, if you will, to theologically reflect upon a subject that is admittedly not overtly theological, but is certainly a love of mine: UConn basketball. On Monday night, the UConn men defeated the University of Kentucky 60-54 in order to win their fourth NCAA championship. As wonderful as the other three championships were, there was something especially precious about this one, especially for the seniors, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, and Niels Giffey. After their sophomore year, they endured three tremendous blows from a basketball perspective. Their coach, Jim Calhoun, the man who recruited and mentored them, retired. Their conference, the Big East, broke apart, and UConn ended up a year later in a lesser conference, the American Athletic Conference. And thirdly, the NCAA banned the team from postseason competition for one year because of the poor graduation rates of the basketball players who attended a few years before those three stepped on campus....Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Discipleship, UConn basketball

March 25, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Pastors behaving badly

Over the past few months, there have been all kinds of ‘œmegachurch pastors behaving badly‘ stories in the news. One pastor was revealed to have bought his way onto the New York Times bestseller list. Another pastor was shown to have staged baptisms in order to manipulate more people into getting baptized. And there have been all kinds of other embarrassing shenanigans that have brought shame on Jesus and His church. Every time I read one of these stories, I thank God that I did not experience the kind of meteoric rise in church growth and worldwide fame that these pastors have experienced in their young lives....Keep Reading

Posted in: Suffering Tags: Suffering, Fame

March 11, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Christ in you, the hope of glory

As I prepared for the current sermon series on suffering, one particularly moving passage I read was this one from Joni Eareckson Tada‘s ‘œWhen God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty‘: Suffering fashions us into a ‘œholy and blameless‘ image of Christ (Ephesians 1: 4), much like a figure sculpted out of marble. An artist in Florence, Italy once asked the great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo what he saw when he approached a huge block of marble. ‘œI see a beautiful form trapped inside,‘ he replied, ‘œand it is simply my responsibility to take my mallet and chisel and chip away until the figure is set free.‘ The beautiful form, the visible expression of ‘œChrist in you, the hope of glory‘ is inside Christians like a possibility, a potential. The idea is there, and God uses affliction like a hammer and chisel, chipping and cutting to reveal his image in you. God chooses as his model his Son, Jesus Christ, ‘œFor those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son‘ (Romans 8: 29)....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

February 11, 2014 by Eric Stillman 1 comments

Faith in times of trial

This past week I was at a funeral, and after the service I went downstairs for a reception in the fellowship hall of the church. The church had decorated their walls with a collection of sayings on faith, and the Oswald Chambers post above spoke to me deeper than all of the rest. Oswald Chambers was an earliest twentieth century minister and teacher who is best known today for his daily devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest. ‘œFaith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.‘ ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Faith Tags: Suffering, Faith

February 4, 2014 by Lynne Pleau 0 comments

Guest blogger: Lynne Pleau

We all face defining moments, some with impact so powerful they come up again and again, creating a pattern across our lives. A sermon during college on Romans 8:28 by Pastor John MacArthur has been the most defining for me. I learned from it, and took to heart, that it is possible to praise God for everything. Everything. Because, we can trust Him not to allow more into our lives than we can handle and to work out everything for our best, whether here on earth or in Heaven. I was still in college when I found this concept tested in what seemed then a major fire: ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Faith Tags: Faith, Suffering

January 28, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Suffering and the single-minded desire

Skubalon. In Philippians 3:8, Paul uses this Greek word, which the New International Version translates as ‘œrubbish,‘ to describe all the things in his life that he once boasted of but that now mean nothing compared to knowing Christ. When you consult a Greek lexicon, you find that the word skubalon was the word commonly used not just for garbage but for animal excrement. You know, that stuff in your yard that you step in and proceed to track into your house until you realize what you‘ve done and gag from the stench. Animal excrement. That‘s a little more evocative than rubbish, don‘t you think? Paul emphatically states that his desire to know Jesus, to know his power, to share in his suffering, to look and act like Him in every way, was such an all-consuming passion that all of his earthly awards, noble qualities, and previous reasons for pride meant as much to him as a hot, steaming pile of skubalon....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

January 21, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

When God takes away the things you love

As I was in preparation for the current sermon series on suffering, I heard the following in a Tim Keller sermon (parphrased): ‘œIf your ultimate love and joy is found in the treasures of this world, then suffering will rob you of your joy and make you sadder and madder. But if your ultimate love and joy is found in God, then suffering will drive you deeper into the source of that joy.‘ Carefully consider those words....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

May 21, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Oklahoma and the house of mourning

‘œIt is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.‘ (Ecclesiastes 7:2) Another week, another tragedy on planet Earth. Yesterday, a tornado ripped through Oklahoma, killing at least 24 individuals, including 9 children, and leaving behind a trail of destruction. Each week, it feels like another senseless tragedy shakes us to the core of our being ‘" sometimes nearby, sometimes at a safe distance, but each one heartbreaking to witness....Keep Reading

Posted in: Death Tags: Death, Suffering

December 18, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Newtown and the children of the world

There have been many blogs and articles written and videos compiled in response to the December 14th Newtown tragedy. As I reflected on Herod’s massacre of the innocents that followed the birth of Jesus in Matthew 2, I was particularly troubled by the fact that what happened in Newtown is an everyday reality for so many people around the world: living in fear, familiar with death, with no guarantee that tomorrow will be any better. Below is a blog that I read this week, written by a missionary named Amy from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, that echoed that sentiment:...Keep Reading

Tags: American Culture, Suffering

September 4, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Depression

The following is an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s book “The Soul Winner.” Spurgeon, known as the Prince of Preachers, was a 19th century English Baptist preacher. If you have been around NewLife, you may remembering me referencing this in a sermon this past April, but it is so good that it is worth sending out the full excerpt. If you find yourself going through a difficult time, may Spurgeon’s words encourage you to persevere and trust God....Keep Reading

Tags: Suffering

March 29, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Jesus and the problem of evil

Last week, I discussed possible philosophical answers to the problem of evil. The problem, however, with approaching the question of how a good and all-powerful God could allow suffering and evil from a philosophical perspective is that philosophical answers rarely touch the raw places in people’s lives, where deep pain and injustice has left indelible wounds. Most people who ask “Why, God?” out of rage and despair need more than to be told “God may have reasons that just don’t make sense to your limited mind at this time.” So what are the more personal responses to the problem of evil? Where is God when you are suffering?...Keep Reading

Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

March 22, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Tsunamis and the problem of evil

Last week, I was watching an interview by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir with Rob Bell on his new book, Love Wins, and Bashir began the interview by asking Bell point blank, “The tsunami in Japan" which of these is true" either God is all-powerful but he doesn’t care about the people of Japan, or he does care about the people of Japan, but he’s not all-powerful. Which one is it?” Bell danced around the question with his answer, but I am sure that I would have done far worse if I had been asked that question on national television and had only two minutes with which to answer. Not only is the “problem of evil” a question that has challenged philosophers for centuries, but for the majority of people, it is not a philosophical question but a profoundly personal question, a question often filled with despair or rage towards God. Why, God? Why would you allow this devastation in my life? Why did you allow me to be abused? Why did you allow my son to be killed? Why have you allowed this crippling illness in my life? Is it that you just don’t care? Or you’e not powerful enough to stop it? Why, God?...Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Suffering

February 2, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A moving story from Haiti

This week‘s Pulse is a moving story from Haiti that I have copied from Albert Mohler‘s blog, www.albertmohler.com. Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his blog is the most popular Christian blog, according to technorati.com. As someone with a heart for adoption and who himself has been adopted (by my Father in heaven - see Galatians 4:4-7), I found this story particularly poignant....Keep Reading

Tags: Suffering, Salvation