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Sep 28, 2006
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I’m sitting here studying for this upcoming weekend…  Talking about "organic" spirituality in our last iSight weekend.  Just ran across a great quote from Rob Bell in Velvet Elvis:

A Christian doesn’t avoid the questions; a Christian embraces them.  Questions are not scary.  What is scary is when people don’t have any.  What is tragic is a faith that has no room for them.

Central to the Christian experience is the art of questioning God.  Not belligerent, arrogant questions that have no respect for our maker, but naked, honest, vulnerable, raw questions, arising out of the awe that comes from engaging the living God. 

This type of questioning frees us.  Frees us from having to have it all figured out.  Frees us from having answers to everything.  Frees us from always having to be right.  It allows us to have moments when we come to the end of our ability to comprehend.  Moments when silence is enough.


6 Responses to “Questions”

  1. emma says:

    I have immense respect for Rob Bell (in fact, when I first meet you, I was struck by how much you reminded me of him, in terms of outlook). I posted on the topic of questioning God a while back, (http://emmsy.wordpress.com/2006/07/12/its-rising-up/). I commented that I think questioning God is an art my generation particularly are learning to regain. It’s essential for us, but can also be part of the problem… ‘traditional’ churches may view our questions are irreverance?
    On a side note, I am SOOOO excited that I am going to a lunch with Rob Bell in Belfast in November! Flying home specially for it… cannot wait!

  2. Truitt says:

    scott: good reminder. i am about ready to read that whole book again.
    emma: belfast sounds amazing.

  3. Tony says:

    I think that this is spot on. Awhile back I figured out that it was okay to have questions for God. I think this is huge in terms of sharing the Gospel…we may not have all the answers for questions people have, but its okay to say “I don’t know, but I will find out!”

  4. matt says:

    I’m reminded of the statement, “The only stupid questoin is the question not asked.”
    For a long time I was hesitant to ask God any questions because I was afraid to seem irreverant. But after reading Velvet Elvis, it took the lid off and I feel much more enabled to question what I don’t understand… Which is usually a lot.

  5. velvet elvis is a great book, really great ideas and points in it, im also goin to the thing in belfast, was meant to have a network and comms practical class that day, but i think i got it changed… hopefully,

  6. John Gapp says:

    Scott,
    I’ve not read Velvet Elvis, but I love the topic. It reminds of my personal motto of late: Embrace the Awkward. So many times we let situations and people intimidate us because of insecurity and pride. As leaders, we can build up an ego in knowing the answers and being right…in which we set ourselves up for a fall. Facades are useless, and being transparent is being free.
    Peace,
    j.gapp

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