Attend To The Questions

“For people burdened to say and defend the goodness and truthfulness of Christianity, it is tempting to hurriedly skip past the questions in our rush to demonstrate our answers. Such an impulse makes sense. Christianity, after all, has the most profound answers to offer the world’s most difficult questions. But if the work of apologetics involves more than building up the faithful, its primary orientation should be toward helping those who are already traveling to arrive. It is persuasion that apologetics hopes for, not only defenses or justifications of the Christian position as true or reasonable. We should point the way home rather than shout from the balcony of our bedrooms about how good looking it is. We have to care about the means of travel, not just the intellectual destination. We have to attend to the questions if we are going to help people find answers.” —Matthew Anderson, in A New Kind Of Apologist

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Keep The Questions Coming

The Q SeriesEvery year I look forward to our Q Series, where I field questions folks have about spiritual matters. Not that I’m an expert, but I’m following the example of The Expert.

Jesus never tired of answering people’s longing questions. Sometimes He gave them a direct answer; sometimes He asked them a question in reply to their question; sometimes He answered their question with a story or parable. But one thing was always consistent: Jesus answered every question in a way that pointed people to His Heavenly Father.

That’s what I am attempting to do in our Q Series.

Yesterday I fielded questions about creation/evolution; Christ’s passion week and His death, burial, and resurrection; the names given to God; and even suicide. I pray each answer created a desire for others to dig deeper in Scripture and learn more about God.

In the book of Proverbs, Wisdom is personified as one calling out to those who want help to come to her with their questions. In the New Testament, James writes, “If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask God for help.” So we need to keep asking The One who is The Truth.

If you would like to participate in our Q Series, please join us next Sunday at Calvary Assembly of God, or submit your question in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer it. But even if I can’t, you know where to go!

The Q Series

The Q Series“Ladies and gentleman, come see the amazing high wire act! Watch closely as he crosses the chasm on a tightrope without a net!” Well, at least that’s what it feels like for me.

On September 8 and September 15 we will be doing our annual Q Series at Calvary Assembly of God. These are Sundays where I don’t prepare a sermon, but I prepare myself to answer questions that are thrown at me on any topic. And I feel a little like the man walking on a tightrope without a net.

Here we go! 

If you’d like to submit a question, you can do so in the comments below. You can always send questions to me via Twitter or email. If you won’t be able to attend the services, we’ll make an audio link available with my answer to your question.

If you can attend in person (each of these Sundays at 10:30am), we will have a text number available so you can anonymously text your question to the computer techs.

It’s always fun and educational, so I hope you will be able to join us.

The Q Series

The Q Series

I l-o-v-e answering questions.

One of the best Q&Aers in history was Jesus. Take a look through the Gospels and take note of the question marks. People were always asking Jesus questions. Some He answered very directly, and some He answered with a question of His own so that the questioner could learn the answer through self-discovery. Whatever His method, Jesus addressed all of their questions.

In our Impact! youth service, I’m turning the agenda over to our students. For the next three weeks they are throwing out the Qs and I’m going to attempt to come up with the biblical As. If that sounds scary… it is! I know I’m going to get some very challenging questions.

You can be involved too. Feel free to submit a question or two. I won’t use your name (unless you want me to). You can get your questions to me in several ways:

  • Comment on this post below.
  • Through Facebook.
  • Through Twitter.
  • By using an anonymous form at the church.

Then come and join us over the next three Wednesdays at 7:00 PM for The Q Series as I attempt to answer your questions. It’s going to be great!

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