June 21, 2018
Have you ever had a question about faith or about something you read in the Bible? Have you ever asked someone about it, and the response you got was “That’s a good question…” followed by a less than adequate response? We all have things we wonder about, matters pertaining to God, the Christian faith, and what it means to live as a Christian in today’s world.
Our summer series Good Questions is meant to address some of these issues, and we need your input! We are asking you to submit your questions, by emailing Steve or me, or by dropping your note anonymously into the Good Questions box we will have at Church. Beginning July 1st, Steve or I or whomever is preaching that Sunday will attempt an honest, serious response. I promise that too easy, trite answers will not offered from the pulpit!
I know, this sounds a little like a grown up version of Stump Bill, but it really isn’t. The intention here isn’t to stump anyone, and no gift certificates will be awarded… The idea is simply to get at some of the harder questions we carry around in our hearts and minds. The idea is to get at issues preachers often tend to avoid when preaching from a biblical passage, for addressing it would take away from the message of the text as a whole.
So we are asking for your earnest Good Questions about matters of our faith, and for several weeks in July and August the preacher will attempt to provide a solid response. Understand there might not be a definitive answer for some concerns, and that is okay.
What might a Good Question be? The classic example of such a question is “How can a good God allow for suffering and evil, and for bad things to happen?” Whether that particular question is one you wonder about or not, it represents the type of Good Question that might be asked. I’m sure you get the idea and can take it from here.
Give us your Good Questions, and pray our preachers may be able to provide a good and faithful response in return.
On this longest day of the year, the day with the most sunlight we will have, this ancient hymn of praise has been going through my mind:
O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.
May this day full of sunlight fill us with gratitude and praise for our Lord Jesus, the true Light of the World!
See you Sunday!