The Problem of Evil 8: The Open Future

Max Cornell

St. Augustine believed God existed in an “eternal now” where past, present, and future all exist equally. Pastor Max argues this concept comes from Greek philosophy rather than the Bible and leads to a deterministic outlook. Instead, we should view the future as unwritten. We create it as we go! Just Listen to The Audio

The Problem of Evil 7: Free Will and Providence

Max Cornell

If God doesn’t exert unilateral control over people, how is He able to shape the course of history and accomplish His overall will? Pastor Max argues God is a divine chess master that doesn’t need control over all the pieces in order to bring about victory. Just Listen to The Audio

Problem of Evil 6: Libertarian Freedom

Max Cornell

What kind of freedom do we possess? Are all our actions predetermined? Maybe only some of them? Can God sovereignly override our freewill if He so chooses? We consider the implications of those questions and make a case for libertarian freedom. Just Listen to The Audio

The Problem of Evil 5: Locating the Mystery

Max Cornell

How does the warfare model view the mystery of specific evil circumstances? In other words, how are we to think about the bad things that happen in our lives? Are these mysteriously the result of God’s will, or the result of the billions of free agents interacting in infinitely complex ways? Just Listen to The Audio

The Problem of Evil 4: What Happened on the Cross (Isaiah 53)

Max Cornell

Isaiah 53 seems to indicate that God was the one torturing Jesus on the cross and that it pleased Him to do so. A close reading shows that the exact opposite is the case! Just Listen to The Audio

The Problem of Evil 3: The Great Victory

Max Cornell

We know that Jesus defeated the devil on the cross, but it’s not immediately apparent how dying on a cross destroys the demonic powers. Understood rightly, Calvary reveals both the devil’s folly and weakness, and God’s beauty and mercy. As such, it destroys our idolatry and frees us Just Listen to The Audio

The Problem of Evil 2: The Heavenly Council

Max Cornell

Surprising as it often is to Western minds, the Bible depicts God ruling the earth through a heavenly counsel of lesser Elohim (gods). Some of these gods rebelled and subjugated humanity. Just Listen to The Audio

The Problem of Evil 1: Theodicy and Spiritual Warfare

Max Cornell

A Theodicy is an attempt to justify the goodness of God in light of the prevalence of evil in the world. Various theodicies fall into 3 categories: limited theism, the blueprint model, and the warfare model. This message introduces the warfare model and sets charts where we’re going to. Just Listen to The Audio