October 4, 2015

B45: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (2015)

Amy Butler

The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, preaches from Job 1:1, 2:1-10, the first sermon in a series on Job. Butler begins by telling a personal story about losing someone dear to her in her twenties. She continues, “It is ridiculous for any preacher, myself included, to stand in a pulpit and claim to have found a solution or even an adequate explanation for why it is our world is full of people whose lives are punctuated by pain and suffering.” The premise behind the writer’s thinking in Job is that if you suffer, there must be something you did to deserve it. Join Butler as she points out the flaw in this way of thinking.