Exploring the questions Jesus asked

by admin on August 5, 2020

Somewhere along the way, many Jesus followers adopted the crazy notion that questions, like doubts, are a really bad idea. 

Instead, they chose a posture of:

The Bible said it, that settles it. The church declared it; that sets it in stone.

Instead of allowing the questions in our heads & hearts & the ones in Scripture itself to stop us in our tracks, too often, we’ve brushed right past them in our desperate search for answers.

But, if questions are such a threat & such a futile exercise, then why did Jesus ask so many of them?

If you’ve been around The Well for very long, you know by now that we do not see our faith community as the dispenser of answers (thanks, David Hayward, for this wonderful cartoon!), but rather as a place where we can ask real questions.

Questions stimulate thought. They open us to new ways of seeing & thinking, and remind us of our humanity. Questions draw us closer to one another (whereas claiming to have the only possible answer tends to drive us further & further apart).

Questions guide us toward the Real, the Depths, the Essence. They inspire awareness – they inspire change.

Maybe that’s why Jesus asked over 300 of them in the gospels. I like the way pastor & writer Martin Copenhaver tells it,

“Jesus is not the ultimate Answer Man – he’s more like the Great Questioner.”

Over the next couple of months, we’ll let these questions be our guide each Sunday as we gather in community. We’d love for you to join us at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday via Zoom (log in info below).  Make sure to subscribe to our weekly updates so you can keep up with the latest happenings, alternative Sunday gatherings & other ways to connect with us.

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Artwork by David Hayward aka Nakedpastor. Visit his website for more.

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