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“The question of why evil exists is not a theological question, for it assumes that it is possible to go behind the existence forced upon us as sinners. If we could answer it then we would not be sinners. We could make something else responsible…The theological question does not arise about the origin of evil but about the real overcoming of evil on the Cross; it asks for the forgiveness of guilt, for the reconciliation of the fallen world.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I come across blog posts rather frequently about “The Problem of Evil”. Often, atheists will use the discussion as a “proof” against Christianity. Meanwhile, Christians will take their best shot at providing a rational solution to the question.

Actively living and writing in Hitler’s Germany, Bonhoeffer was certain that evil was not a good reason to doubt God’s existence. The evil present in that time demanded a response. Without God, what was left to condemn it.

It is important to move beyond the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” An alternate question might be, “How can a good and loving God expunge evil from the people and Creation He loves without destroying them?” Answers to these questions are not as easy and obvious as some atheists might like to believe, nor are they for anyone else.

For me, these issues were further put in focus after reading Evil and the Cross (IVP) by Henri Blocher many years ago. As a result, I developed a talk used many times that my students endearingly referred to as “The Evil Talk”. What most unsettled and interested students in their love-hate relationship with the discussion is that many dearly held apologetics are overturned before a more reasonable answer can be found. (more…)

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At no point did I think of myself as part of the classic “White Anglo Saxon Protestant” (WASP) majority, especially given that my church was located in a Jewish neighborhood and my home in a Polish Catholic one.

During my college years at Cornell, racial reconciliation was critical to growing the Evangelical community. Sometimes our discussions were met with some resistance about why we weren’t focused on the “Simple Gospel”.

So I began to learn the Biblical basis for multi-ethnicity from mentors like Neil Rendall. In his own simple terms, he taught that the Kingdom of God shows up wherever the King reigns. In other words, the true Gospel of Jesus is integral to every area of life.

My training continued while I was on staff with InterVarsity. The “Ah, Ha!” moment for me came when Joanne presented her third year project about the Latino community.

My reflection at the end was something like, “It’s amazing how many parallels there are between racial reconciliation and the Gospel.”

“Michael,” Joanne said, “in the Latino community racial reconciliation is the Gospel.” (more…)

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