The Problem of Evil – An Excerpt from Core Christianity

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“Either God is great or God is good, but he can’t be both.”

One of the biggest stumbling blocks in Christianity is the question about evil: How can a powerful and loving God allow pain and suffering?

This excerpt from Core Christianity lays out the problem of evil in light of the story of God’s sovereignty, goodness and love. Author Michael Horton brings the drama of good and evil into tension with the end in mind…

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IF GOD IS GREAT AND GOOD, HOW CAN THERE BE SO MUCH EVIL IN THE WORLD?

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There are a lot of mysteries surrounding the attributes of God. The Bible teaches us both that God is all-powerful and that we have real freedom and responsibility. But how? We know…

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The Unexamined Faith is Not Worth Believing – An Excerpt from Core Christianity

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Too often, Christians go through life unprepared for their beliefs to be challenged because they don’t even know for themselves what they believe. In his signature style, author Michael Horton challenges us to examine our doctrine. Many think doctrine is dry and boring, but Horton challenges that just as we tend to learn as much as we can about the people and situations most important to us, we should do so with the Gospel.

Today’s excerpt clearly lays out the premise of the book. Hear God call you into his story as you read. Core Christianity is available to order from Zondervan Academic.

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9780310525066A lot of Christians take their story—the narratives that give rise to their beliefs—for granted. They pray, go to church, perhaps even read their…

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What is “Core Christianity” & Why Should I Care? Michael Horton Explains

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9780310525066When we lose our job to free trade or we lose our daughter to cancer, what is our first response? As Christians it’s probably prayer—but why?

“Because,” as Michael Horton points out, “you believe…”

You believe this world didn’t just happen; it was created on purpose and with purpose.

You believe everything is sustained by a Creator who steps into our drama and acts on our behalf.

And you believe things about this Creator: God is good, all-powerful, holy, just, and loving.

That one act of praying reveals more than meets the eye: you have a specific worldview, which arises out of a particular story. It’s that worldview and story that Horton explores and illuminates in his new book Core Christianity.

Yes, his book covers what Christians believe about…

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eBook Sale – I “Heart” Theology

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Well known research shows that theology books top most wish-lists on Valentine’s Day. In an effort to make Valentine’s Day shopping both successful and economical for you, we have gathered the finest of theological thinkers into an eBook sale.

I “Heart” Theology eBook Sale

Save up to 74% on over a dozen titles including:

A Theology of Mark’s Gospel (NEW!) | David E. Garland | Sale: $7.99 9780310270881

This landmark textbook, written by leading New Testament scholar David E. Garland, thoroughly explores the theology of Mark’s Gospel. It both covers major Markan themes and also sets forth the distinctive contribution of Mark to…

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Extracurricular Activities 10.11.14 — The Trinity, New Testament Texts, & Catholic Reformers

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The Baptism of Christ

Fred Sanders: The Trinity’s Irrelevance & Relevance to the Christian Life

I was excited when Kyle Strobel and Kent Eilers invited me to write the Trinity chapter in their book Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life (Bloomsbury / T&T Clark, 2014), and I’m more excited now that the book is in print. I described the whole book briefly in a recent post, and in this post I want to share a little of the chapter I wrote for the project…

I try to highlight how wonderfully odd it is to start a doctrine of the Christian life with sustained attention to the Trinity. Under a subhead that I hope was my own composition and not the editors’, the chapter addresses “the glorious irrelevance of the immanent Trinity.” There I argue that…

Larry Hurtado Explores New Testament…

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