Do you have questions?
I have questions.
And no one has ever had answers before.
We have a sacred responsibility: a call to follow this biblical lead and reimagine God in our time and place.
Check out this great new book:
How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News by Peter Enns
There are discrepancies in the Bible. Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense.
I first learned it as literature, and maybe that is still a good idea for some of the stories in the Bible.
Fundamentalists want us to take it all literally, but is that really wise?
We live in a new era and if we don’t understand history, how can we understand the Bible and the writers and their times?
I’ve spent most of my life looking for answers to Christian question.
I didn’t grow up in church, but I grew up with a marginally Christian ideal in the Bible belt.
I sought truth and answers as a young mom in all the wrong places and learned first hand about church and spiritual abuse.
Most churches and church leaders don’t like questions. They either don’t have any answers or their answers aren’t satisfying.
One pastor even blurted out to me: “Does it even really matter?”
Maybe it doesn’t.
Maybe it does.
So much about American church teachings is just plain wrong. They’re all about numbers, money, separation, exclusion.
I love Jesus. I love the Bible. I love my neighbor. I just don’t love church.
I’m not popular in church because I rock the boat. I question. I want to sing hymns no one else knows. I want to incorporate beautiful rituals no one else understands.
People don’t like change. They don’t like to be shaken up.
They want their comfortable, sitting in the pew or chair, vanilla sermon, shaking hands, coffee and pastry time. Done in about an hour.
I’ve taken my kids out of Sunday schools at every church we’ve ever attended because I didn’t like what and how they taught.
This book answers lots of doctrinal questions in a humorous and intelligent way.
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