BC04 Responding to the Problem of Suffering

Current Status: UNDER REVISION.

Thank you for your interest. This class is currently closed, but it will be offered again in the future. If you meet the prerequisites and apply for it now, you will be placed in a waiting list. Please, be aware that the contents of the class may be changed.

To expose the aspiring biblical counselor to the non-biblical and the biblical approaches to the problem of evil and suffering. To help develop a biblical view about suffering and evil that will challenge previously held presuppositions and lead to a biblical understanding of the theological implications related to human suffering. To equip the future counselor with a biblical theodicy that will lead to a compassionate and effective ministry toward those who are suffering.


  • Must be actively involved in a body of believers.
  • Agreement with the affirmations and denials of the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC) if seeking certification.
  • Successful completion of the following training:
    • Theology of Biblical Counseling.

Required Textbooks

  • Bridges, Jerry. Trusting God. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1988.
  • Lewis, C. S. The Problem of Pain. New York: Macmillan, 1962. Touchstone Book. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
  • Cozzi, Luciano. “The Problem of Evil: A Biblical Theodicy.” Good Shepherding – A Journal of Christian Ministry 4, no. 2 (2000).
  • Cozzi, Luciano. The Experience of Suffering in the Lives of Selected Biblical Characters. 1999.

Recommended Resources

  • Journey of Hope. Produced by Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope. 36 min. Reel Productions and Exploration Films, USA 2002. DVD Video.
  • Belknap, Bryan. After the Fall: A Climber’s True Story of Facing Death and Relying on God. Produced by Tom Schultz and Brenda Kraft. Directed by Tom Schultz and Brian Shumate. 29 min. Group Publishing, USA 2004. DVD Video.
  • Yancey, Philip. Disappointment with God. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1988.
  • Lewis, Clive Staples. A Grief Observed. New York: Seabury Press, 1961.


  • Training outline
  • Clark, Jayne. “In the Valley of the Shadow.” Journal of Biblical Counseling 23, no. 1 (2005): 41-49.
  • Piper, John. “Counseling with Suffering People.” Journal of Biblical Counseling 21, no. 2 (2003): 18-27.
  • Schwab, George M., Sr. “The Book of Job and Counsel in the Whirlwind.” Journal of Biblical Counseling 17, no. 1 (1998): 31-43.

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