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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Feb 27, 2023

The challenge of evil and suffering is more than a theoretical or philosophical problem--it's personal. We literally feel this question. Our eyes have watched in disbelief as war footage unfolds on our screens. We shake our heads as people are pulled out of earthquake rubble. We wipe away tears from our eyes as we slowly shuffle away from the hospice house. We bury our face in our hands as we learn of a close friend or family member destroying their lives through addictive substances. Whether we say it audibly or mull it over in our minds, we are usually thinking the same thing: God, why did you allow this to happen?

The tension comes from the fact that the Bible repeatedly tells us that God is good...not only good, but he loves the world! So when these horrible things happen, it feels like there are two seismically different realities that are unreconcilable!

Maybe that describes you and your struggle to trust God. Maybe it describes a friend or family member who has given up on God because of a horrible tragedy, a tragedy that God could have, and should have prevented. In part four of Asking For A Friend, we are going to dive into answering this difficult question. What we are going to discover is that the Bible does not avoid this question, as some religions and atheists do. It faces it head on and provides the most glorious answer of any idea ever proposed to the problem of evil. 

To be a part of the discussion, listen to part four of Asking For A Friend.