The discussion about Greg Boyd and the problem of evil is still ongoing as I write this blog. The whole thing began with John Piper (John Piper, Greg Boyd, Denny Burk, Greg Boyd, Denny Burk), and so it’s fitting to bring him in again now.
Last week John Piper delivered a series of message at Wheaton College titled “Treasuring Christ and the Call to Suffer.” In these messages he addresses the very questions we’ve been discussing for over a week now. If Piper’s messages do anything, they show that the view I have been arguing for is not narrowly derived from the book of Job. Dr. Piper powerfully communicates the truth that God’s sovereignty over evil and Satan appears all over the Bible.
You should listen to all of these messages as well as the Q&A with students. The Desiring God website has made the messages available for free download. Here they are.
- Treasuring Christ and the Call to Suffer, Part 1
If you are a Christian, it is not a question of whether you will suffer, but when. And natural suffering like disease or disasters can be as much for Christ as persecution is.
- Part 2
Whether God is delivering us from suffering or prolonging it, one thing is most important to himâ€”displaying the worth of Christ.
- Part 3
God ordains and orders the suffering of the world to show how horrific sin is.
- Part 4
How can we have joy amid so much suffering?
- Q & A
John Piper answers questions from Wheaton students.