God's Megaphone

Pain & Providence in the Book of Job

The Ground of All Reasonable Hope

May 10, 2020 • Steve Bateman

The book of Job concludes with a perfect resolution that is unrealistic in most circumstances. Real life simply does not work like this for most people who trust in the Lord. Yet in God's sovereign plan, Job's extraordinary experience of prosperity and adversity, becomes a template for our own lives in an unexpected way.

"Then the Lord Answered"

May 3, 2020 • Steve Bateman

To Understand Suffering, Study Science

April 26, 2020 • Steve Bateman

Throughout his suffering Job grows bolder in demanding an explanation from God, even suggesting that God has been unjust. Thus far, God has been silent, allowing everyone to enter their opinions into the public written record for all time. But now, God speaks and surprisingly answers Job’s questions with questions of his own that invite Job to study science.

How to Help a Friend Who Suffers

April 19, 2020 • Steve Bateman

The Comfort of Christian Hope

April 12, 2020 • Steve Bateman

Easter Morning Sermon

Palm Sunday and the Purpose in Pain

April 5, 2020 • Steve Bateman

The Problem of Pandemics

March 29, 2020 • Steve Bateman

The pain and suffering already caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) naturally raises questions we would like to ask of God. Why this? Why now? Why here? Why us? In other words, we want God to explain himself. Many in this season will doubt God's love, ability, knowledge, or even his existence. But these questions are not unique to our generation. Every generation has had to wrestle with these three truths affirmed in Scripture: 1. God is strong. 2. God is smart. 3. God is good.

The Role of Suffering in Missions

March 1, 2020 • Steve Bateman

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world." - CS Lewis

"Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways. . ."

February 23, 2020 • Matt Dubach

Control means that God has the power to direct the whole course of nature and history as he pleases. Authority means that God has a right to do that. Presence means that God is with his creatures to bless and to judge in terms of the standard of his covenant. (John Frame, "Systematic Theology")

How Rosie Ruiz Makes Some Sense of Your Suffering

February 17, 2020 • Steve Bateman

Second Cycle of Dispute: Job's "Friends" Don't Back Down

February 9, 2020 • Jared Pittman

God designs our present suffering to accomplish our preferable future. Justice delayed seems like justice denied, but the delay is not as long as it seems.

Timeless Principles from Job 1-4

February 2, 2020 • Steve Bateman

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world." - CS Lewis

First Cycle of Dispute: Job's Friends vs. Job

January 26, 2020 • Steve Bateman

Job's friends not only believe THAT God ultimately ordained this pain in Job's life (which is true), but also believe they know WHY God ordained this pain in Job's life (which is false). They operate on an airtight rule that the wicked suffer and the righteous are rewarded. Since Job is suffering, he must be hiding wickedness. . . . Job's friends compliment themselves by criticizing Job. ("We are not suffering, therefore we are righteous.")

Job's Lament

January 19, 2020 • Steve Bateman

God's Megaphone

January 12, 2020 • Steve Bateman