Dear Christ Church,
“Always . . .” St. Peter writes. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” It’s hard to always be prepared to answer, partly because we don’t always know the answer to the tough questions of Christianity.
It’s vital that we know what we believe and why we believe it, not only to be able to give an answer to those who ask, but also to proactively commend our faith to others, and to bear witness to Jesus and his kingdom in the public square. But there is another, more personal, reason: that we ourselves can maintain confidence in the gospel. Even as followers of Jesus, tough questions can chip away at the foundations of our faith.
God has given us inquiring minds, and our questions matter. The life of the mind is just as integral to our faithfulness as the heart and soul. That’s why we are offering a new series called “Mind Matters: Exploring the Tough Questions of Christianity,” running four consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday, June 12th. See here for details. Join us, and bring a friend who might be a seeker or skeptic, or a believer struggling with questions!
Lastly, in case you missed it, I wrote a letter here recently explaining my summer plans, and some additional time I’ll be taking to work on a Doctor of Ministry program during the next two months, returning our family to some rhythms after the past unusual year, and gearing up for the year ahead. Also, please note that the church offices will be closed during the week of June 17-21 for similar purposes.
Because of the gospel,