God over Good: Saving Your Faith by Losing Your Expectations of God

God over Good: Saving Your Faith by Losing Your Expectations of God

by Luke Norsworthy


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It's hard to say that God is good when God isn't always what we expect good to be. A good father wouldn't make it so difficult to get to know him, would he? And if God is all-powerful, wouldn't he ensure that we never suffered? Either our understanding of God is incorrect, or our definition of good is inadequate.

In a world that is messy and a church that is imperfect, it's easy to let our faith be lost. But that doesn't mean we have to lose God. It means we must consider the fact that perhaps our idealized expectations are just plain wrong. With transparency about his own struggles with cynicism and doubt, pastor Luke Norsworthy helps frustrated Christians and skeptics trade their confinement of God in an anemic definition of good for confidence in the God who is present in everything, including our suffering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801093326
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Luke Norsworthy (MDiv, Abilene Christian University) is the senior pastor of the 1,500-member Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. A frequent speaker at universities, retreats, and conferences, he is the host of the popular Newsworthy with Norsworthy podcast on which he has rubbed shoulders with some of the brightest and most prominent voices in theology, including N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Mirsolav Volf, Walter Brueggemann, John Ortberg, and more. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three daughters.

Table of Contents

Ants 13

1 Can't Sing 17

2 God Equals Good 39

3 Binary to Beauty 61

4 Story, Not Answer 83

5 Character, Not Container 109

6 Dust and Divine 129

A Biblical Interlude 155

7 Bounding, Not Boxing 165

8 God over god 193

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 215

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