“If there is a loving God, then why…?” No matter how this question ends, its root is the issue of pain. Does God order suffering? Or did he simply wind up the world’s mainspring to watch from a distance?
“How can a loving God allow this to happen? God is either all-loving or all-powerful, but he can’t be both.”
When a loved one dies, we receive a terminal diagnosis, or natural disaster strikes, we wonder whether God is the cause of suffering and why he doesn’t immediately take away the pain and fix the situation. We may become angry at the once-beloved God who betrayed us.
Using the Bible and the author’s experiences, we will examine physical, emotional, and spiritual pain and help us understand why we suffer.
Daily reading and engagement on the discussion board are required for success in this course.
Learners are required to have this book for this class:
- Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
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About the Instructor
Annette Arnold-Pflaum is the founder and president of Wisteria Ministries. She has 25 years counseling experience and has specialized in grief and crisis counseling since 2015.
Annette is a Nationally Board Certified Chaplain [BCC] and has been a State of Nevada Licensed Interfaith Minister since 2014. She is also a Certified Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church and holds a certificate in congregational leadership.
A retired nurse/EMT with 20 years of medical experience, Annette is a graduate of the Academy of Religious Studies, Ministerial Seminary, Chaplaincy Nevada Theology Academy, and has completed advanced clinical pastoral training. She has been an academy instructor.
Annette is consulting director of the Nevada State Chaplains Task Force: Crisis, Trauma, Emergency & Critical Incident Response Team. She was part of the response team that assisted after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.