Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Lament & Grief Seminar

“Why is there evil?” This question is the primary objection to the Christian faith in modern American culture. Yet encounters with evil are more than an academic puzzle or apologetic problem, but a question of life and faith. Join us as we learn how to face evil through the biblical voice of lament.

Event Date: April 6, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Trinity International University, Hinkson Hall

Cost: $30, or $15 for students (includes lunch)

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 Friday, April 6
Session 1 From Scrambling to Resting:
The Biblical Meta-narrative of Creation, Corruption, and Re-Creation
Richard Averbeck
Session 2 A Framework for Navigating Pain
and Suffering
Ingrid Faro
Session 3 A Pastor’s Lament
in the Face of Evil
Harry Stackhouse
Session 4 Panel Discussion:
Lament in the Face of Evil
All Speakers


Seminar Purpose:

The question of evil is the primary objection to the Christian faith in modern American culture. Yet encounters with evil are more than an academic puzzle or an apologetic problem, but a question of life and faith. God is good, but what does God’s goodness mean for the hearts and minds of believers in the inescapable face of suffering? How can we navigate our way through evil and grieve biblically?

A follow-up gathering to the first Lament and Grief seminar, Lament in the Face of Evil is a participatory seminar on the intersecting topics of lament, evil, and the church’s response. Hear from a range of educators and pastors, including Ingrid Faro, Harry Stackhouse, Donald Guthrie, Gerald Peterman, Andrew Schmutzer and Richard Averbeck on these vital topics. As a participatory seminar, this mini-conference will focus on table conversations, panel discussions, and stimulating talks by speakers.


About the Speakers
Ingrid Faro (PhD, Trinity International University) is Director of Masters Programs, and Affiliate Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). Her current research and writing focus on the biblical theology of evil. She is a regular speaker at conferences, in churches and parachurch seminars on identity in Christ, navigating evil and suffering, women in the Bible, and forgiveness. Ingrid is a widow, with a married son and a married “niece-daughter.” She is a member of Church of the Redeemer in Deerfield, Illinois.
Harry Stackhouse is co-founder of The Sign of the Dove Ministries, incorporated in June 1989. He was called by the Lord Jesus Christ to minister to the hurting and disenfranchised in the Lake County area. Along with his wife, Deborah, he oversees The Sign of the Dove churches in Radcliff, Kentucky, Jackson, Tennessee, Round Lake Beach, Illinois, and Heritage of Faith in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois as well as churches in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda, Africa in addition to Dove Christian Center in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Harry has started several programs; R.O.P.E. (Restoration and Options for People Excluded) an outreach ministry to address the social needs of our community, and SDCA (Shelia Daniels Christian Academy)
Donald Guthrie is Professor of Educational Ministries, Director of the PhD (Educational Studies), and Executive Director of The Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity. Prior to joining the TEDS faculty, he worked in campus ministry for 12 years and served on the faculty of Covenant Theological Seminary for 15 years. He is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education and has enjoyed serving as a ruling elder in several local churches over the past 25 years. He is a frequent teacher at conferences and retreats, often addressing cultural trends, intergenerational ministry, calling and vocation, and adult learning. He is co-author of Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving (IVP, 2013).
Gerald Peterman is Professor of Bible and Director of the Master of Arts, Biblical and Theological Studies at Moody Bible Institute. He came to Moody in 2002 from teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, FL. Earlier he spent four and a half years doing church planting for the Evangelical Free Church in central Florida and in south central Iowa, and also served nine years in the Air National Guard as a Chaplain. He is co-author, with Andrew J. Schmutzer, of Between Pain and Grace: A Biblical Theology of Suffering (Moody, 2016).
Andrew J. Schmutzer is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute where he has taught since 1998. He co-edited (with D. M. Howard, Jr.) The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul (Moody, 2013); edited Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care (special issue), “Suffering and the Christian Life,” Vol. 9, no 2 (Fall, 2016); is co-author (with D. Gorski, D. Carlson) of Naming Our Abuse: God’s Pathways to Healing for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Kregel, 2016). Andrew serves on the Board of Directors for Male Survivor, an organization focusing on the needs of sexually abused men. Andrew and his wife Ashley attend Wheaton Bible Church.
Richard Averbeck is the Director of the PhD in Theological Studies program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he has been teaching Old Testament and Semitic Languages for 24 years. Previously he taught 10 years at Grace Theological Seminary (1980-90) in Old Testament studies and chaired the department. He spent 4 years at Dallas Theological Seminary (1990-94) where he taught in the Old Testament and Pastoral Ministries departments. His areas of expertise include Old Testament (especially the Pentateuch), Ancient Near Eastern history and languages, and Old Testament criticism, in which fields he has numerous publications, including an edited volume entitled Life and Culture in the Ancient Near East. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and has taught and written in the field of spiritual formation.