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4 Comments

  1. Barbara Hofmann September 4, 2013
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    Great interview. I will order the book and read it. So needed. I also plan to send it to some friends who ARE suffering through tragedy. One comment, when they talk about “purpose” of God in tragic situations, I would prefer to label it as God’s redemption through adversity. We live in a fallen world. We’ve had tragic times and it’s hard to consider that God would cause it to happen to reach a purpose. I’m not saying that is what Max is implying, just we need to tread very carefully in this area lest folks misinterpret God. God will use all evil and suffering and tragedy for good, meaning He can redeem anything from the muck of the world, not that he caused the death of your child so you could come to faith. Rather, out of the complete tragic loss of your child, God will work and redeem the utter despair and make all things new….beauty from ashes. Romans 8:28. Just my thoughts as I listened to the interview. Great interview!

    • Don September 12, 2013

      True the theology of Glory which rests on the “Sovereignty God” is a cruel misinterpretation of God. The Theology of the Cross makes right use of the law to show us our sin and points us then to the Gospel that Christ on the Cross has suffered to Redeem us. Yes we still live in a fallen world, but take they our life, goods, fame, child, or wife, let these all be gone, the victory has been won. The kingdom ours remaineth.

  2. Don September 5, 2013
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    Professor Schmitt labeled Lucado’s book “A Theology of Hope.” The three teachings he spoke of were God’s sovereignty, God’s presence, and Grace in Christ. Since I am currently looking at Luther’s “Theology of the Cross” I wonder if sovereignty is the best approach. Is not the upper story / lower story a call to get back on the glory road? Did Jesus simply go the way of the cross because He had a higher vision of glory? Is there any room in modern theology to say that God is serious about sin? or The wages of sin is death? or Man’s sin is the cause of death in this world?

    When Jesus talked about the fall of the tower in Siloam he preached that it was an opportunity to repent. Turn away from our ideas of glory and come to the cross to hear that the Lord delivers the righteous from his many afflictions. When we realize that we can not save ourselves but God has done everything for us we are made more steadfast.

    Would Luther have written the same book? Of course we want to help people through the hard times. Yes God keeps his promises. Perhaps I just missed the section Yes God is present here in the Word and Sacrament?

    • Chris October 23, 2014

      It didn’t sound like God’s sovereignty was the only approach. The second line of your comments highlights that it is but one “leg” on the stool of the “theology of hope”. We beggers certainly need God’s presence and the Grace He brings us in Christ to be able to exist in that sovereign yet gracious presence.

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