Dr. Köstenberger occasionally speaks at churches, universities, and other various functions on a variety of topics. To schedule him to speak at your event, click here.


March 19th-22nd Dr. Köstenberger will speak at Christopher Newport University, Summit Christian Academy, the College of William and Mary, and Peninsula Community Chapel in Virginia on Truth in a Culture of Doubt, Truth Matters, and God’s Design for Man and Woman.

March 31, 2015 Dr. Köstenberger will be speaking on the topic “Why Does God Allow People to Suffer?” (see below) followed by a Q & A time. The event will be held at North Carolina State University (Riddick Hall Room 321, 2401 Stinson Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607) from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The question, “Why does God allow people to suffer?” will be a deeply personal topic for those who’ve lost a loved one, suffered a serious illness, or had a major accident. For others, it may be a philosophical or intellectual issue that stretches or even challenges their faith if not causing them to doubt God’s existence, or at least his goodness or power. In fact, some have argued that all the suffering in the world is “God’s problem.” Maybe God isn’t even there; or if he does exist, he doesn’t seem to care. Since suffering and evil in the world continue unabated, such detractors contend, God is either unwilling or unable to do anything about it. If unwilling, he isn’t good or loving; if unable, he isn’t all-powerful. Who would want to believe in such an unloving, or even immoral, God who is powerless in the face of evil? In his address, Dr. Kostenberger will present scriptural answers on the question of suffering and provide a biblical framework for addressing the complex issues surrounding suffering in our lives. Why do people suffer? Is suffering God’s problem? Does God care? Why do we struggle to explain suffering? These are some of the questions he will address in providing a deeply comforting, yet not simplistic treatment of this highly significant issue.


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